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"Minds On!" begins in Durham

posted Thursday June 20, 2013

Morehead joins with Time Warner Cable to present a special program for Durham County children. This news release from Time Warner Cable provides the details.

Durham Area Summer Science Program
Enlightens Students on the Wonders of Weather



Campers in Time Warner Cable’s Minds On! Summer Science Program
explore hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and more

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2013) -- More than 750 students in the Durham area will have the opportunity to participate in a summer science camp program, at no cost, thanks to Time Warner Cable.

The Minds On! Summer Science Program, developed in partnership with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, is being funded as part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds program, a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to connect youth to ideas, people and opportunities that will inspire them to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the third year Time Warner Cable has partnered with Morehead to present the summer science camp series.

“Time Warner Cable is proud to continue our partnership with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for a third consecutive summer and make fun science programs available to so many kids in the Durham area,” said Darrel Hegar, regional vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable, Carolinas. “Connect a Million Minds is all about inspiring students to be involved in math and science and these camps definitely do that in a unique and engaging atmosphere.”

The Minds On! Summer Science Program theme for 2013 is “Weather Wonderland.” Campers will explore hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, snow and rain. Each day they’ll examine why these weather systems occur and how we learn about them through experiments, activities and stories. Campers will make their own simple weather prediction devices, including thermometers, barometers and more. They’ll also grow snowflakes, pick up raindrops and make thunder, lightning and small tornadoes.

Camp sessions are available for children ages 10-13 and will be hosted by the Durham Public Schools Department of Community Education and Durham County 4-H. Among other locations, camps will be held at Oak Grove Elementary, Eno Valley Elementary, Southwest Elementary, Hope Valley Elementary, Merritt Moore Elementary and Neal Middle School. The camps -- a combination of week-long and single-day camps -- began June 17 and will run through Aug. 9.

“Learning about the weather is a terrific way to engage kids in the wonderful world of science,” said Kendra O'Neal-Williams, director of Community Education, Durham Public Schools. “The Morehead Planetarium and the Minds On! Program have been true advocates for our summer STEM themes and summer learning initiative. These camps will once again be a highlight for our students.”

For more information about Connect a Million Minds, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

About 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). 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 where the public can pledge to connect young people with the wonders of science; “The Connectory”, an online resource for parents to find informal STEM learning opportunities in their communities; grants to nonprofit organizations that bring afterschool STEM learning to students; TWC employees, over 50,000 strong, who volunteer their time at events like science fairs and robotics competitions. National partners include CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships. To find out more and to take the CAMM pledge, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high?speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com.

About Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offers an informal learning environment for science education that serves nearly 170,000 visitors every year (including 80,000 K-12 students). Located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morehead has the largest fulldome digital planetarium in the southeastern United States. Its programs include summer science camps, science cafes, family science activities and statewide outreach, featuring the DESTINY mobile science lab and PLANETS portable planetarium. Morehead is also the founder and coordinator of the North Carolina Science Festival. For more information on Morehead programs, visit www.moreheadplanetarium.org or call 919-962-1236.

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Time Warner Cable Media Contact:
Scott Pryzwansky
336-217-3512
Scott.Pryzwansky@twcable.com