Time Warner Cable is the Title Sponsor for two FIRST LEGO League (FLL – http://www.firstlegoleague.org) Robotics Regional Qualifying Tournaments in Trumbull County.
The FLL NEOFRA / Time Warner Cable Warren G. Harding Regional will be held December 10th at Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Road NE, Warren, OH 44483.
The FLL NEOFRA / Time Warner Cable Girard High School Regional will be held December 17th at Girard High School, 1244 Shannon Road, Girard, OH 44420.
Both events are open to the public from 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Parking is free, and concessions are available. Concessions proceeds benefit host high school FIRST robotics teams Warren G. Harding Team 48 Delphi E.L.I.T.E. and Girard RoboCats Team 379.
Weeks of preparation by teams of students ages 9-14 will culminate at the Warren G. Harding Regional, where 24 Northeast Ohio FLL teams will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism. A week later, 22 additional Northeast Ohio teams will have their chance to shine at the Girard High School Regional. Top performers at both events will advance to the University of Akron Ohio FLL District Tournament on January 14-15, 2012.
The 2011 FLL “Food Factor” Challenge (http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2011foodfactor) requires each FLL team to design and build an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms kits and LEGO parts. To score points, a team attempts robot missions on a 4x8 competition table, where their robot interacts with LEGO mission models set up on a challenge-themed mat.
In addition to robot performance, teams are evaluated in the categories of research project presentation, robot design and programming, and core values. Trophies are awarded for top performers in each category. The highest honor at each competition – the Champion’s Award – is awarded to the team that demonstrates the best all-around performance.
The NEOFRA regional competitions are developed by the Northeast Ohio FIRST Robotics Alliance (http://www.neofra.com), a partnership of Youngstown-Warren area FIRST robotics teams, with the assistance of the non-profit Eastwood Mall Art Outreach Gallery (http://www.artoutreach.org). Time Warner Cable joined forces with NEOFRA as the 2011 Title Sponsor of both NEOFRA events.
“Time Warner Cable is a company deeply rooted in technology and engineering. It’s a natural fit for us to sponsor these FIRST LEGO League events and help inspire kids to pursue this fun, educational opportunity,” said John H. Higgins Jr., Area Vice President of Operations, Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio/Western Pennsylvania.
Time Warner Cable supports science, technology, engineering and math education through its Connect a Million Minds program. More information: www.connectamillionminds.com.
For more information on Time Warner Cable please log onto www.timewarnercable.com. Members of the media can access Time Warner Cable Northeast Ohio Division’s online media center at http://www.timewarnercable.com/neowpa/newsroom/.
About TWC’s 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 Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 14 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, enterprise-class hosting, managed application, messaging 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.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, http://www.usfirst.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose innovative robotics competitions motivate young people to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills. FIRST LEGO League (http://www.firstlegoleague.org) is FIRST’s robotics competition for intermediate school children ages 9-14.