Momentum Grows for Bright House Networks Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth Competition

More Than 120 Community Friends of STEM Encourage High School Students to Innovate

Aug 26, 2015, 10:00 ET from Bright House Networks

 

 

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Communities throughout Bright House Networks service areas are championing its Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a multi-state competition where high school students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome… and show how STEM – that's science, technology, engineering and math, can bring their idea to life. Bright House Networks is pleased to announce that it currently has more than 120 Community Friends of STEM on board to help support the second year of its Bright Ideas program, which cultivates the changes our local youth can inspire and encourages their creativity to develop new ideas.

Bright House Networks Community Friends of STEM lend their support for and help promote the contest, and foster school and student participation. The list of Friends includes businesses and nonprofits throughout Bright House Networks service areas who work directly with the company to engage student innovators and encourage them to submit their Bright Ideas. (A full list of Community Friends of STEM is detailed in the below addendum.)  

Entries for Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth are being accepted through January 4, 2016 at the program's website, www.brighthouse.com/brightideas.

The competition is open to all high school students who are at least 14 years old as of the date of entry and who attend a public, private, parochial school, or are home-schooled within a Bright House Networks service area. Students will be able to compete as individuals or as part of a team of two.  Six lucky finalists will be chosen, one from each of Bright House Networks service areas. These students will travel to Orlando, Fla., where they will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience and a panel of experts. One lucky Grand Prize Winner will be selected and will have the opportunity to work with a leading innovation firm to build a virtual prototype and a business plan.

"We are thrilled with the overwhelming community support we have received for our Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth program," said Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications and public relations, Bright House Networks. "Our Friends help to raise awareness about STEM's critical role in educating our youth for tomorrow, and we are appreciative of all who have signed on so far for the second year of this program."

Bright House Networks welcomes additional local businesses, nonprofits or individuals who have an education, entrepreneurship or innovation background to become a Friend of STEM. To access the most up-to-date information visit www.brighthouse.com/brightideas. For a look at the 2015 competition, view the three minute video recap.

More information is available online about all of Bright House Networks educational initiatives, including its Future Leaders Scholarship program and Classroom Innovators Grant program at www.brighthouse.com/about/about-us/community.

About Bright House Networks 
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida, with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California and two of the top 20 DMAs. Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. Bright House Networks Business Solutions offers a strong portfolio of video, voice, data, and cloud-based solutions to the small and medium business segments. In addition, Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions provides advanced, fiber-based telecommunication services to key industry verticals in the mid-market and carrier segments, including cloud-based hosted voice, managed security, and cell backhaul to wireless carriers. The company is Cisco® Master Service Provider-certified under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation. Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets. For more information about Bright House Networks, or our products and services, visit brighthouse.com.

Community Friends of STEM (as of 08.24.15)

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A Gift for Teaching

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Indiana Cable Telecommunications Association

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AMIKids

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Innovation Lab

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Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce

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IPS Education Foundation

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Art With A Heart

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Junior Achievement of Central Florida

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Auburndale Chamber of Commerce

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Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay

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Junior Achievement of the Space Coast

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

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Kern County Black Chamber of Commerce

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Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf

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Kern County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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School District of Manatee County

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Kern County Science Foundation

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Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida

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Kern Economic Development Corporation

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Boys & Girls Club of Tampa Bay

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Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce

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Boys & Girls Club of Volusia / Flagler Counties

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Latina Leaders of Kern County

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee

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Livonia Chamber of Commerce

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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast

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Manatee Chamber of Commerce

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Boys and Girls Club of Kern County

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Manatee County Public Library System

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Bradenton Area Economic Development Council

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Manatee Education foundation

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Brady Media Inc.

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Manatee Educational Television

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Brandon Chamber of Commerce

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Manatee PACE Center for Girls

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Brevard Schools Foundation

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Manatee Technical College

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CareerSource

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Manatee Technology Student Association

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Central Florida Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce

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Melbourne Main Street

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Central Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America

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Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida

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Central Florida Disability Chamber of Commerce

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Museum of Science and Industry

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Central Florida YMCA

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Net Literacy

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Citrus County Education Foundation

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New Port Richey Library

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Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce

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NEXTGEN Family Magazine

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Codecraft Lab

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North of the River Chamber of Commerce

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Collegiate Pathways - Tech Sassy Girlz

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Orlando After-School All-Stars

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Computer Mentors Group Inc.

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Orlando Economic Development Commission

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Craig Technologies

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Orlando Science Center

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Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Osceola YMCA

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Division of Youth Services, City of Birmingham

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Oviedo- Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Dunedin Chamber of Commerce

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Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce

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Early Childhood Education Association

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Pasco Education Foundation

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Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

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Pinellas County PTA

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Education Foundation of Osceola County

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Pinellas County Schools

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Family, Career and Community Leaders of America

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Pinellas Education Foundation

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Flagler Broadcasting

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Plainfield Chamber of Commerce

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Flagler County Education Foundation

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Polk Education Foundation

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Florida Afterschool Network

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R'Club Child Care, Inc.

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Future Builders Association

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Science Olympiad

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Future Business Leaders of America

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Seminole Chamber of Commerce

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Future Farmers of America

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Seminole County Public Schools

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Futures Foundation for Volusia County Schools

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Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce

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Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida



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