LOS ANGELES, Jan. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Through an innovative grant from Time Warner Cable (TWC), 50 middle school students from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles got a chance to learn what it is like to live and work in outer space. Educators at the California Science Center conducted "Space Race," an eight-week course that provided participants with hands-on activities and engineering design challenges. Among the activities, students built rockets and a simple robotic arm, conducted experiments measuring air pressure and extreme temperatures, and discovered how astronauts train for their missions. The effort is part of TWC's Connect a Million Minds initiative to address America's declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The goal is to engage and inspire youth to become interested in STEM subjects now to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
"At Time Warner Cable, we know that having STEM competencies is critical to individuals' success as well as the collective wellbeing of our country, which is why we are committed to connecting kids to fun and innovative STEM activities," said Katherine McDonald, Manager, Community Investment, Time Warner Cable.
"The Science Center's mission is to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning," said Ron Rohovit, Deputy Director of Education, California Science Center. "Students involved in this program had the unique opportunity to participate in simulated astronaut training and authentic engineering design challenges for working in space."
The program culminates with a field trip to the Science Center to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour on January 21, 2015. During the visit, TWC will present the Science Center with a check for $10,000 for the programming delivered to the Challengers Boys and Girls Club.
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 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 enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales 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.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.
About Challengers Boys and Girls Club
Challengers' mission is to motivate, educate, and elevate the children and teens of South Los Angeles to become responsible, caring, productive adults. Located at 5029 S. Vermont Avenue in the heart of South Central Los Angeles, Challengers Boys & Girls Club has helped change and save the lives of thousands of young people across our community. This is accomplished by providing constructive and positive alternatives to alienation and juvenile delinquency through a comprehensive program of personal and educational development; parent involvement; cultural enrichment; health and physical education; and various social and recreational activities.
In the last year, Challengers Boys & Girls Club has provided services to over 1000 youth in the community. Through our Club, youth have been provided with a supportive and enriching place to go after school and in the summer time. Challengers Boys & Girls Club has been and continues to be: A place to GO and a place to GROW.
For more information on Challengers Boys & Girls Club, please visit our website at www.cbgcla.org or give us a call at (323) 971-6161.
About the California Science Center
The California Science Center's mission is as follows: "We aspire to stimulate curiosity and inspire science learning in everyone by creating fun, memorable experiences, because we value science as an indispensable tool for understanding our world, accessibility and inclusiveness, and enriching people's lives."
The California Science Center and IMAX Theater are located in historic Exposition Park just west of the Harbor (110) Freeway at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission to Science Center exhibits is free. For recorded information, including IMAX show times, call 323.SCIENCE (323.724-3623). Parking is available in the guest lot at Figueroa and 39th / Exposition Park Drive at $10 per car, $25 for buses or oversized vehicles. Both the Science Center and IMAX Theater are wheelchair accessible. For further information, please visit our website at www.californiasciencecenter.org.
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SOURCE California Science Center