Friday, October 26, 2012

Time Warner Cable brings robotics to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Time Warner Cable (TWC) announced today that the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City has been selected as a participant for a new pilot program, in partnership with FIRST® robotics and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

Earlier this year, FIRST and BGCA entered into a strategic alliance to bring robotics to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.

Through its Connect a Million Minds program, TWC will fund the pilot of this initiative at 20 Boys & Girls Clubs, introducing new students to FIRST in communities throughout its footprint.

“We are proud to bring together two fantastic CAMM partners with this program, both of which are committed to connecting young people to the wonders of science and technology,” said Perry Watson, Area VP of Operations for Time Warner Cable. “This is yet another way in which Time Warner Cable is showing kids that technology and engineering can be fun by introducing them to exciting, informal learning opportunities outside the classroom.”

“We are pleased to pilot the robotics program thanks to support from Time Warner Cable,” said David A. Smith, President and Club Alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. “The partnership supports Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s initiative to provide young people access to programming in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, which are critical for enabling them to achieve great futures, and our Club members are excited about the opportunity to participate in the innovative and fun program.”

Thanks to Time Warner Cable, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City will have its own FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) robotics team this fall.

Club members will work together to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot that can meet this year’s “Super SeniorsSM” challenge to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged and connected in their communities.

At the end of the season, the team will compete in its first FLL competition on Dec. 15 at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City’s Thornberry Unit – 3831 E. 43rd Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64130.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kansas City’s FLL team is practicing at 4 p.m. Monday-Friday in Kansas City, Kan.