During Time Warner Cable's Connect A Million Minds® week (April 4-8), employee volunteers engaged students from Orange County’s 4-H robotics team in a fun activity illustrating how to create a pixilated image as part of the company’s signature curriculum Cracking the Codes in the Digital World™. Photo Credit: Nir Arieli for Shahar Azran Photography
New York, NY – Time Warner Cable New York City hosted its second annual Connect a Million Minds®(CAMM) Week from April 4 to 8 with local organizations. The company’s signature curriculum, Cracking the Codes in the Digital World, provides background into the digital technologies that support cable television infrastructure and delivery. Middle school students from Orange County’s 4-H robotics team were invited to Time Warner Cable’s Middletown office on April 7 to participate in hands-on activities led by the company’s employees and executives from the Technical Operations, Business Class and Customer Service groups. These activities showcased how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are integrated in the everyday operations at Time Warner Cable.
Commenting on the importance of science and math, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer stated “Simply put, we can’t remain the greatest economic power on the planet if we do not improve our math and science education, and we are falling behind our rivals. That is why programs like Connect a Million Minds® are so vital. CAMM connects the talent in a company like Time Warner Cable with community organizations and our young people to spark curiosity and excellence in the minds of tomorrow.”
“The 4-H program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County is excited to participate in collaboration with Time Warner Cable. Exposing our 4-Her’s to careers in science and technology is part of our Million New Scientists Pledge, which is a national 4-H initiative,” said Marika Rywak, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County 4-H Resource Educator.
“As part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds® initiative, we’re proud to give students the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into our company, how we operate and the important role that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play in an industry like telecommunications. Our employees served as terrific mentors to these students and we hope they now have a new view of the significance of STEM and how it impacts STEM-related education and careers in the future,” said Howard Szarfarc, Regional Vice President of Operations, Time Warner Cable New York City.
Time Warner Cable New York City also conducted CAMM Week activities in the following communities:
P.S. 150 students at Time Warner Cable’s College Point office in Queens on April 4
New York City Girl Scouts at Time Warner Cable’s Flatiron/Gramercy office in Manhattan on April 5
New York City Girl Scouts at Time Warner Cable’s Greenpoint office in Brooklyn on April 6
This year, a second curriculum was developed by the company, Cracking the Codes in the Wireless World, and provides middle school students with the opportunity to experience the technologies behind the wireless products they encounter every day.
CAMM Week is celebrated throughout Time Warner Cable’s entire footprint. Last year, more than 3,000 students and Time Warner Cable employee volunteers participated in inaugural CAMM Week, which included the support of 24 proclamations in 8 states.
Connect a Million Minds® is an initiative created by Time Warner Cable in 2009 to inspire young people to build the skills needed in STEM to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. The CAMM website provides unique resources for those who want to participate in helping young people gain access to STEM opportunities like “The Connectory.” The Connetory makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find science and technology learning opportunities and activities in their communities.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four boroughs (Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn), Mt. Vernon, Hudson Valley (Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and parts of Dutchess, Greene and Delaware Counties), and Bergen and Hudson Counties in New Jersey.
For more information about Connect a Million Minds®, please visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.
About TWC Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, where parents and community members can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities; grants to support non-profit organizations that bring stimulating, high-quality and affordable after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 47,000 strong, who volunteer their time at community events like science fairs and robotics competitions, and share their passion for engineering and technology with students at CAMM career days. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
4-H is a positive youth development organization that empowers young people to reach their full potential. A vast community of more than 6 million youth and adults working together for positive change, 4-H enables America’s youth to emerge as leaders through hands-on learning, research-based 4-H youth programs and adult mentorship, in order to give back to their local communities.