Thursday, December 25, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 


NY1 covers the "Connect A Million Minds" initiative, a five-year philanthropic program by parent company Time Warner Cable to inspire students to pursue learning opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Connect A Million Minds: NYC Students Get Hands-On Learning Experience

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: NYC Students Get Hands-On Learning Experience
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

A new hands-on initiative is expanding the ways children learn about science, technology, engineering and math in schools. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.

They're movers and makers.

At PS 107 and other elementary schools in the Bronx, students have been using their minds and hands to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), all through a new grant funded pilot program called "Maker Kids."

Founder Karen Kaun modeled the initiative after Dale Dougherty's "Maker Faire," a world-renowned event that encourages a do-it-yourself mindset to create STEM-based projects.

"I know that the more they can be hands-on, touching things, experimenting with things and really letting their imaginations fly, the more they can do," she said. "That's science."

Projects include "squishy batteries" made from copper, nails and dough whipped up from household ingredients like creme of tartar. Electrifying, to say the least.

"What I like about making things out of just anything is that you can discover something new," said student Teyenna Terry.

The students are discovering all sorts of new things, such as air-powered cars and hydroponic gardens.

"A hydroponic garden is when you grow plants and vegetables without soil," said student Juliette Sanchez. "Instead, you use water and nutrients."

A big part of "maker kids" is to encourage students to double as teachers.

"Some people don't know how to build this," said student Jaide Torres. "I teach them how to build them. Every day, you learn a new thing."

Teyenna can show viewers how to make a brush bot through a how-to video at Viewers who log on to the site can also blog about their own projects .

"So you start to get this dialogue going where children can really support each other to become makers," Kaun said.

Kaun is working how to create with students from around the world.

For more on programs engaging students in STEM, go online to ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP