Kansas City (March 21, 2012) – The 61st Annual Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair kicks off tomorrow at 12 p.m. at Union Station (30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, Mo.), and Time Warner Cable (TWC) is proud to be the sponsor of the event’s Junior Division. The Science and Engineering Fair, which is free and open to the public, traditionally attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year.
This week’s event is another in a long line of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related events that Time Warner Cable has sponsored in the Kansas City area and throughout the United States.
TWC has committed more than $100 million to addressing America’s declining proficiency in STEM through Connect a Million Minds, a philanthropic initiative designed to connect a million students and excite them about the possibility of STEM. To date, the campaign has encouraged more than 430,000 parents and other adults to pledge to connect a child to STEM education and activities.
More than 1,300 area students in grades 4-12 will take part in the Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair this week. The students are from more than 100 schools representing 17 Kansas City area school districts, plus private, parochial, charter and home schools.
In total, 982 research projects/inventions will be submitted in categories that include: behavioral and social science, botany and zoology, molecular biology, chemistry, computer science and mathematics, earth/space science, engineering, environmental science and renewable energy, inventions and more.
“Getting kids excited about STEM activities is something that Time Warner Cable is passionate about, and we’re proud to be a major sponsor of the Science and Engineering Fair,” said Scott Miller, TWC’s area vice president of operations. “Our young people are the future generations of scientists and engineers, and I’m looking forward to seeing their great projects and inventions on display at this week’s event.”
Participants in the Science and Engineering Fair will be competing for more than 200 awards, including scholarships, plaques, merchandise and cash prizes. All students will win either a gold, silver or bronze ribbon, and three senior-level projects will also win the prestigious Grand Award, which includes an all-expenses paid trip to compete in the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh this May.
Time Warner Cable representatives will be presenting the Junior Division prizes at Saturday’s awards ceremony, which will take place from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Sheraton Crown Center Exhibit Hall (2323 McGee, Kansas City, Mo.).
The schedule for the 61st Annual Greater Kansas City Science and Engineering Fair is as follows:
-Thursday, March 22 - 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. (Union Station – Grand Hall, Sprint Festival Plaza)
-Friday , March 23 - 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Union Station – Grand Hall, Sprint Festival Plaza)
-Saturday, March 24 - Awards Ceremony – 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Sheraton Crown Center Exhibit Hall) – NOTE – Time Warner Cable representatives will be on-site and available for interviews during the awards ceremony.
About Time Warner Cable
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About Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind 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. 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. To learn more about Connect a Million Minds, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.