Time Warner Cable renews support as NC Science Festival Champion3/3/2013
Time Warner Cable and the North Carolina Science Festival announced today that Time Warner Cable will renew its support as Festival Champion. Time Warner Cable is contributing $100,000, through cash and in-kind efforts, to help underwrite the 17-day festival in 2013. Festival Champion is the highest sponsorship level.
The North Carolina Science Festival is a statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events. Organizers expect approximately 300,000 North Carolinians to participate in the Festival, which will run April 5-21, 2013.
“The importance of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, can’t be underestimated in preparing students for an increasingly technological tomorrow,” said Darrel Hegar, regional vice president of operations, Time Warner Cable. “Nearly every new job being created today requires some math and science skills, yet our students are lagging other nations in terms of proficiency in those key subjects. That’s why Time Warner Cable is investing in STEM education though our Connect a Million Minds initiative to engage and inspire young people to pursue careers and educational opportunities in those fields. Partners like the N.C. Science Festival play a critical role in bringing science education to so many in fun and engaging ways.”
“Time Warner Cable is a leader in supporting STEM education in North Carolina,” said Todd Boyette, co-founder of the North Carolina Science Festival and director of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. “We appreciate their continued commitment to the Festival and their investment in its growth and increased impact.”
Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is Time Warner Cable’s 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). More information can be found at www.connectamillionminds.com.
The Festival began in 2010 as an initiative of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, which continues to produce events and administer the Festival.
ABOUT THE N.C. SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The North Carolina Science Festival is a 17-day statewide series of events showcasing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of the STEM disciplines on North Carolina. It includes hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits, performances and other events, and engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring the next generation. It serves as a vehicle for encouraging students to pursue STEM careers and for businesses to invest in North Carolina. The 2013 Festival Champion is Time Warner Cable. 2013 Platinum sponsors include Biogen Idec Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation and SAS. 2013 Gold Sponsors include Duke Energy Foundation and Google. The Festival is an initiative of UNC-Chapel Hill’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.