New York City, July 5, 2012 – Continuing its mission to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills through the Connect A Million Minds program, Time Warner Cable announced today its $18,000 grant to the Salvadori Center B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program. B.R.I.D.G.E.S. [Build, Research, Invent, Design, Grow and Explore through Science] is an after-school, 12-week science education program serving middle school-aged children in over 25 community centers in New York City.
Students from P.S. 150 and P.S. 199 in Sunnyside, Queens, and the YouthBuild organization in East Harlem recently completed a successful semester of the B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program. This past Spring, students investigated the different types of bridges and their function, while learning about the history of some of the world’s most prominent bridges. Students also identified the structural parts that make up a bridge and the forces that act upon them, analyzing how location, materials and technology affect the design.
“The Salvadori Center’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program is a great complement to Time Warner Cable’s Connect A Million Minds program as both bring alive the importance of STEM skills to students,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations for New York City. “B.R.I.D.G.E.S. is a great way for students to learn about the architectural wonders that we see and experience each day, and how STEM plays a central role. Time Warner Cable encourages students to pursue STEM skills as recent studies show that more than half of the fastest growing jobs in the future will be in the science or technology field.”
“For over 35 years, the Salvadori Center has been helping students gain a personal understanding of math and science concepts through exploring the built environment – bridges, building, landmarks, and their communities,” said Kenneth Jones, Salvadori Center’s Executive Director. “With the generous support from Time Warner Cable, the Salvadori Center is able to bring this approach to learning math and science to students in after school programs in three sites in East Harlem and Sunnyside Queens. Salvadori’s B.R.I.D.G.E.S. program delivers a fun and captivating experience that enables students to better understand science, engineering, mathematics, design, and technology through the built environment while reinforcing school-day learning.”
B.R.I.D.G.E.S. focuses on fun and engaging topics such as bridges, skyscrapers, green design and skateparks. The program allows students to explore architecture, structural engineering, science, and math while learning more about their own communities. For more information about the Salvadori Center and its programs, visit http://www.salvadori.org.
Connect a Million Minds was created by Time Warner Cable in 2009, designed to inspire the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. For more information about Connect a Million Minds, visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City footprint serves over 1.3 million customers in four New York City 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.
About 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). 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 where the public can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, an online resource for parents to find informal STEM learning opportunities in their communities; grants to non-profit organizations that bring after-school STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 50,000 strong, who volunteer their time at events like science fairs and robotics competitions. National partners include 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. To find out more and to take the CAMM pledge, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
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