PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYER VICTOR CRUZ AND CELEBRITY CHEF ANNE BURRELL HOST TIME WARNER CABLE’S “CONNECT A MILLION MINDS DAY”
Time Warner Cable Launches New STEM-Based Partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America
To celebrate its ongoing commitment to spark youth interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), Time Warner Cable brought 300 students from local Boys & Girls Clubs to “Connect a Million Minds Day” at Time Warner Cable Studios in Manhattan’s Meatpacking district on February 1. Professional football player Victor Cruz and Food Network chef and personality Anne Burrell hosted the interactive event, which launched a new national partnership between Time Warner Cable and Boys & Girls Clubs of America to inspire young people to become interested in STEM subjects.
Brought to life by the New York Hall of Science in conjunction with numerous network partners, Connect a Million Minds Day attendees participated in fun, hands-on learning activities that demonstrated the STEM behind popular TV shows and networks, and how these subjects power the activities young people are most passionate about, such as sports, music and cooking.
“As a former Boys & Girls Club member, I’m thrilled to have taken part of ‘Connect a Million Minds Day’ at Time Warner Cable Studios,” said Victor Cruz. “Through my partnership with Time Warner Cable and Connect a Million Minds, I’ve made it my personal mission to help the next generation understand the importance of taking an interest in subjects like math and science.”
“‘Connect a Million Minds Day’ helps demonstrate the science behind the things we do every day,” said Anne Burrell. “As a chef, I know that science and math aren’t just subjects in school. They are crucial to the process of creating beautiful and delicious food.”
Both Cruz and Burrell have partnered with Time Warner Cable on Connect a Million Minds – Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to inspire the next generation of problem solvers, appearing in original Public Service Announcements and at events to promote the importance of STEM to young people and their families.
White House & “Educate to Innovate”
Connect a Million Minds was launched in conjunction with President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign. The day’s events are a response to the President’s call to think about new and creative ways to engage young people in math and science.
“I encourage you to soak up today’s experiences, and discover what you’re really excited about. Your math and science classes are important–work hard in them!,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, in a welcome video to students at CAMM Day. “Thank you to Time Warner Cable for putting together this incredible event and for partnering with the President on his ‘Educate to Innovate’ initiative.”
Time Warner Cable Studios was developed exclusively for customers featuring a highly unique installation allowing interaction with network exhibits in a transformative, multi-level space. Participating networks and activities included:
• al Jazeera America – Attendees saw a demonstration of an exhibit of a state-of-the-art Ekso suit originally developed for the military.
• Dreamworks – Dreamworks treated attendees to a sneak preview of the new movie Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which features a time-traveling scientist.
• ESPN – Students were shown how chemistry pertains to protective sporting gear as they explored the various impacts of insulating materials and structures.
• Food Network – A food circuitry experiment showed participants how to harness the energy from everyday foods to light up LEDs and power clocks.
• Fox/National Geographic – To get excited about astronomy and the new show Cosmos, students created constellation art to take home with them.
• HBO – Attendees got a glimpse of the technology behind HBO’s special effects, including the Game of Thrones Ice Wall.
• History Channel – Students stepped back in time with History Channel’s Vikings and used the elements of medieval technology to construct marshmallow catapults out of popsicle sticks.
• Ovation – Students learned how art and technology work together in a fun and interactive way with a Two Bit Circus exhibit.
• REVOLT – Students found the music in everyday objects by finding the sound within the matter that surrounds us.
• Starz – Just like the pirates in the show Black Sails, students learned how to use the power of observation, the stars and a few simple tools to sail their way across the ocean.
• Universal Pictures – Students hung out with their favorite minions from Despicable Me 2.
Testimonials below from Boys & Girls Club students in Patterson, NJ – Victor Cruz’s hometown.
I liked seeing Victor Cruz and the fact that he was brought up in Patterson. I really liked learning about the different science.
I liked when Victor Cruz came in and when he presented. He talked about the children and I really liked it when they announced that Time Warner gave us $500,000 to the Boys and Girls Club so we can do more things like visit Time Warner Cable Studios.
Well I liked it when we went to a booth and learned new things, and we made a light bulb light up with only play dough, and my most favorite part was seeing Victor Cruz and the chef Anne Burrell.
I liked meeting the lady that couldn’t walk, because the things she said to us made me believe that all my dreams can come true even though I’m not perfect like everybody else, I can still try to do my best.
I like the enthusiasm that all the staff members showed us and I thank them for showing us all the things about STEM and letting us do activities during the day.
I like the experiments, seeing Victor Cruz when he came in and talked to us and how the experiments are done so we could learn more.
Did you know?
LatinTRENDS gave Victor Cruz his first magazine cover in our Jan/Feb issue 2012!
See video of behind-the-scenes photo shoot here: http://youtu.be/rKVFdLxD_AQ