Lake Elsinore Kids Get Introduced to the World of Wireless Technology by Time Warner Cable
Above: Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee center, with proclamation poses with kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest County
Students ‘Crack the Codes in the Wireless World’ at a Special Event at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County
Lake Elsinore, CA – Time Warner Cable recently connected a group of Inland Empire-area kids to the wonders of science and technology at a special event at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County’s Alberhill Ranch Clubhouse. Time Warner Cable employee volunteers showcased a hands-on, inquiry-based curriculum titled Cracking the Codes in the Wireless World, with the goal of engaging and inspiring students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Gared toward middle school students, the curriculum – part of Time Warner Cable’s “Connect a Million Minds” philanthropic initiative – gives young people the opportunity to explore and experience the technologies behind the wireless products they encounter every day.
[dropcap]’W[/dropcap]e were pleased to present our latest curriculum at the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County,” said John M. Borack, Time Warner Cable’s Director of Community Affairs. “More than ever before, we depend on wireless networks to connect us to people, entertainment and information, and this event gave students a hands-on experience demystifying the technologies behind the wireless world. They became Time Warner Cable engineers for a day, interacting with and learning alongside our employees who work in STEM-related careers and demonstrated how these disciplines underlie our business and their lives in fun and interesting ways.”
Also on hand to check out the proceedings and present Time Warner Cable and the Boys & Girls Club with proclamations were Lake Elsinore Mayor Pro Tem Bob Magee, Temecula City Councilmember Maryann Edwards and Riverside County Supervisor Bob Buster, along with representatives from State Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries and State Senator Bill Emmerson’s office.
In addition, a television crew from Time Warner Cable was on location at the Boys & Girls Club and videotaped a package that includes interviews and footage from the curriculum event. The package is currently airing on Time Warner Cable’s Video On Demand and can be viewed at any time by tuning to Time Warner Cable’s Channel 1 and using your remote to access Free On Demand>Local>In The Community>Connect Minds.
Connect a Million Minds” and the Cracking the Codes in the Wireless World curriculum also engage Time Warner Cable employees as role models, instructors and mentors. More than 100 TWC employees in the Southern California area contributed more than 500 hours and volunteered as CAMM “Connectors” at various events in 2010 and have been instrumental in teaching the curriculum to participants. The curriculum is based on national science standards and was created by a team of top engineers and PhDs from Time Warner Cable in collaboration with national curriculum experts.
About TWC 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.