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Vote Now Through December 11 For Oconomowoc Resident And Long-Time Robotics Mentor In Time Warner Cable’s Super Connector Search

Chance to Win $10,000 People’s Choice Award to Support Oconomowoc Robotics programs

Release Date: 12/13/2011

Voting has started in Time Warner Cable’s Super Connector contest with local finalist, Laurie Vertz from Oconomowoc.  From November 28 through December 11, you can vote for Laurie or any of Time Warner Cable’s other Super Connector finalists on  The finalist with the most votes will receive the People’s Choice Award of a $10,000 grant for the STEM non-profit organization that they support.

TWC also donated $5,000 to the Oconomowoc School District FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs, including high school Robotics teams, LEGO Robotics and Jr. LEGO League teams at both the intermediate and elementary schools.  FIRST is a non-profit STEM organization founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. This global STEM initiative designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

In addition, Laurie will star in her own public service announcement for Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to inspire kids to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  In October, TWC launched its Super Connector Search contest, asking its customers to share how they’ve connected young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math.

“We’re very excited to name Laurie as the official Time Warner Cable Super Connector from Wisconsin,” said Tom Adams, Time Warner Cable regional vice-president operations - Wisconsin.  “Customers like Laurie are introducing young people to STEM experiences that are inspiring them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. We are happy to recognize this commitment with a grant to the Oconomowoc High School Robotics programs, a valuable resource in our community.”

Laurie has been a member of FIRST for 11 years.  Over these years she has worked with the Oconomowoc High School Robotics team as a mentor for fundraising, travel and robot construction.  She has also helped start 14 VEX robotics teams, for 100 students, within the district’s two intermediate schools, three LEGO Robotics teams and five Jr. LEGO teams at elementary schools.  Two years ago, Laurie went to every second grade class in the Oconomowoc School District with engineering coloring books made by the high school Robotics team to discuss what an engineer does in his/her career.

“I believe it is so important to introduce young students to the idea of STEM occupations so that they consider the possibilities,” said Vertz.  “With this grant, I can purchase some new equipment to broaden hands-on experiences.  I really enjoy giving a student an opportunity to try something they have never considered trying.  No matter how much energy I give, I get more energy back from the students’ enthusiasm.”

About Time Warner Cable’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,, 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 phone 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 phone 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,,, and

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