Brooklyn, NY, August 8, 2012 – Recently, the City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls took a field trip to Kaiser Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn to find out what lives beneath the waves. The middle school students used the Brooklyn shoreline as an outdoor classroom for part of the City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls Summer Institute’s marine biology study. Green Girls is sponsored by Time Warner Cable’ through its Connect A Million Minds initiative which exposes young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Through City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classroom, the Green Girls applied the skills they learned in the classroom by using seine nets to collect and identify aquatic species. Wearing chest waders, the students also gathered water samples to test quality and learned about pH levels.
“Time Warner Cable is glad to support the City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls program – it’s not every day that students can learn about science on a beach,” said John Quigley, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Operations in New York City. “We support programs in which students get to apply the skills they learn in the classroom and take it outdoors to understand the STEM concepts that take place in our daily lives.”
City Parks Foundation’s Green Girls Summer Institute is a program that focuses on enriching science learning and addressing environmental justice issues, through field trips, community service projects in parks, and citywide exploration. City Parks Foundation’s Coastal Classroom is an educational year-round program. Marine-biologists-of-the-future investigate and test water quality variables, ecology sampling of local flora and fauna invertebrates, and learn about aquatic habitats and the impact of pollution on the environment.
“The natural resources of New York City provide a learning laboratory for our Green Girls,” City Parks Foundation’s Claudia DeMegret explains. “Through applied study activities and hands-on experiments, young girls learn about science and environmental justice. Each day, the program explores a different science or environmental topic, and the girls visit a different venue. They learn that science can be fascinating and that careers in science are within their reach for the future.”
Founded in 1989, City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, nonprofit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City. CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports, and education programs, and empowering citizens to support their parks on a local level. CPF’s programs and community building initiatives reach more than 600,000 people each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City. For more details, please visit www.CityParksFoundation.org.
Time Warner Cable’s New York City service area includes Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and western Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon, NY, as well as 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.
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