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Students Explore Science and Technology With TWC's ‘Connect A Million Minds Initiative’

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For the past week, NY1’s parent company Time Warner Cable has been offering customers a chance to peek behind the scenes of some of their favorite TV shows at an exhibition called Time Warner Cable Studios. On Saturday, a special group of young VIPS got a private tour with a scientific twist. Tara Lynn Wagner filed the following report.

Sure kids use technology, but do they really understand how the machine in their hand is related to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math?

For nearly five years, Time Warner Cable, NY1’s parent company, has been helping them make that connection through its Connect A Million Minds Initiative. On Saturday, roughly 300 children from local Boys and Girls Clubs toured Time Warner Cable Studios, and learned how STEM subjects play a starring role in all our lives.

Take for instance an activity at the ESPN exhibit on wearing protection in sports.

“We're trying to talk today about how padding and helmets and extra kinds of protection can protect an athlete so our experiment is explaining how using different kinds of protection can protect an egg when you drop it on the ground so it doesn't break,” said Tiana Jones, an ESPN brand ambassador.

Meanwhile virtual reality allowed students to scale the massive wall from Game of Thrones, and gain a unique view into cutting edge technology.

“The content that’s coming to you is built in a 3D gaming engine so it's lots of things, all of which have at their core, science, technology, math needed to make them happen,” said Ian Cleary, the head of innovation at Relevant.

All of the exhibits are entirely different but there's one common theme, that science is virtually everywhere.

“It's in cooking, it's in sports, it's in movies, it's in video games,” said Ellen East, chief communications officer for Time Warner Cable.

And soon it will be more present in boys and girls clubs. The company is donating $500,000 to start a program called DIY Stem, which will allow kids in these after school programs to do more hands on activities like building catapults or experimenting with sound.

On Saturday, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz received a huge applause when he walked on stage with celebrity chef Anne Burrell. The CAMM ambassadors spoke about how their respective worlds of sports and food are rooted in science and math.

“I didn't really understand how they had an effect on my life,” said Burrell. “So I'm here to kind of say wait a minute, this stuff is important and you really will use this stuff and here's how.”

“When the teachers teaching, they think it's boring but when they come here it's actually fun,” said one young attendee.

For more information on science, technology, engineering and math opportunities in your community, go to www.connectamillionminds.com.

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