Event teaches children about the science, technology, engineering and math in race car driving
AUSTIN, Texas (February 6, 2014) – Time Warner Cable is bringing the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) behind race car driving to the Thinkery, the new Austin children’s museum, 1830 Simond Ave, during the “Full Speed Ahead” event, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014. Scheduled the day before the Daytona 500, the event will feature hands-on exhibits where children will learn about STEM in Sports.
The STEM in Sports series is part of Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) commitment to inspire kids to excel and pursue careers in STEM. Utilizing the popularity of sports, such as race car driving, participants can understand how STEM impacts many things, including the sports they enjoy watching and participating in. “Full Speed Ahead” will feature:
- A four-seat auto racing simulator putting kids in the driver’s seat to learn more about STEM in racing
- Remote control race car track that demonstrates the principles of auto racing
- STEM in Sports News Desk where participants will record an auto racing sportscast
“Austin is a growing hub for race car enthusiasts of all ages, and this STEM in Sports event is an exciting way for children to be exposed and interact with the science, technology, engineering and math behind the sports they love,” said Kathy Brabson, area vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable in Central Texas. “This partnership with the Thinkery and its mission to connect children to the “how” and “why” things work complements Time Warner Cable’s commitment to inspire children to discover the STEM in items they use and activities they do every day to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.”
“The “Full Speed Ahead” event will be an exciting learning experience for museum visitors,” said Mike Nellis, Executive Director of the Thinkery. “We look forward to hosting these special exhibits with Time Warner Cable in a joint effort to spark innovation and creativity among families in our community.”
The Thinkery will also offer other STEM activities throughout the museum including Wheeled Racers, where children can challenge themselves to design and build a vehicle using recycled materials, then test it to see how it compares to other cars.
Guests can participate with the price of admission to the museum. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available and can be purchased on the Thinkery’s website. Time Warner Cable is covering the admission fees for children from select Boys & Girls Clubs, Girl Scout troops and Girlstart to join in the fun.
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 non-profit organizations that bring after-school 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 the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.
About The Thinkery
The Thinkery, the new Austin Children’s Museum, creates innovative learning experiences that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. The Thinkery opened in December 2013 at its new location in the Mueller development, and is Austin’s new home for “why” and “how”. It’s a place where science and families play side by side. Founded in 1983 as a nonprofit organization, the Thinkery delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits, programs and outreach activities that focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Learn more at thinkeryaustin.org. Follow us @thinkeryatx or at facebook.com/thethinkery.
Melissa C. Sorola