Connect a Million Minds Program in NYC

Students from P.S. 150 Affiliated with Sunnyside Community Services

Time Warner Cable New York City is hosting its second annual Connect a Million Minds®(CAMM) Week from April 4 to 8 with local organizations.  The company’s signature curriculum, Cracking the Codes in the Digital Word, provides background into the digital technologies that support cable television infrastructure and delivery.  Students from P.S. 150, affiliated with Sunnyside Community Services, were invited to Time Warner Cable’s College Point office on April 4 to participate in hands-on activities led by the company’s employees and executives from the Learning and Development group.  These activities showcased how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are integrated in the everyday operations at Time Warner Cable.

Commenting on the importance of science and math, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer stated “Simply put, we can’t remain the greatest economic power on the planet if we do not improve our math and science education, and we are falling behind our rivals. That is why programs like Connect a Million Minds® are so vital. CAMM connects the talent in a company like Time Warner Cable with community organizations and our young people to spark curiosity and excellence in the minds of tomorrow.”

“Thanks to Time Warner Cable, I am pleased we are able to offer our students this opportunity for hands-on interaction with science, technology and math in a fun and engaging learning environment,” said Judy Zangwill, Executive Director of Sunnyside Community Services.  “Activities like this help connect our students to the skills and technologies they will use as part of the twenty-first century workforce.”

“As part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds® initiative, we’re proud to give students the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look into our company, how we operate and the important role that science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) play in an industry like telecommunications.  Our employees served as terrific mentors to these students and we hope they now have a new view of the significance of STEM and how it impacts STEM-related education and careers in the future,” said Howard Szarfarc, Regional Vice President of Operations, Time Warner Cable New York City.

Time Warner Cable New York City is also conducting additional CAMM Week activities in the following communities:

  • New York City Girl Scouts at Time Warner Cable’s Flatiron/Gramercy office in Manhattan on April 5
  • New York City Girl Scouts at Time Warner Cable’s Greenpoint office in Brooklyn on April 6
  • Orange County 4H Robotics Team at Time Warner Cable’s Middletown office on April 7

This year, a second curriculum was developed by the company, Cracking the Codes in the Wireless World, and provides middle school students with the opportunity to experience the technologies behind the wireless products they encounter every day.

Connect a Million Minds® is an initiative created by Time Warner Cable in 2009 to inspire young people to build the skills needed in STEM to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.  The CAMM website provides unique resources for those who want to participate in helping young people gain access to STEM opportunities like “The Connectory.”  The Connectory makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find science and technology learning opportunities and activities in their communities.

For more information about Connect a Million Minds®, please visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.

About Sunnyside Community Services

Sunnyside Community Services offers a range of life-enhancing community-enrichment programs that include after-school programs for children; college and career programs for teens and young adults; ESL and GED classes; a lively center for active older adults that offers a variety of activities and education and entertainment options, caring and dedicated home care services, a social adult day program for people with memory loss and other cognitive disorders; citizenship education classes; and many other community programs.  SCS is located at 43-31 39th Street, Sunnyside, NY.  For more information, call (718) 784-6173, or go to www.scsny.org.