Time Warner Cable (TWC) has chosen the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City to participate in a new pilot program, which was created in partnership with FIRST® robotics and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). This is the beginning of FIRST and BGCA’s plan to bring robotics to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country.
TWC will be funding the pilot initiative through its Connect a Million Minds program, which will introduce new students to FIRST in communities throughout Kansas City.
“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, TWC’s Area VP of Operations. “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,” added 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 TWC’s commitment to education and community service, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City will have its very own FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) robotics team this coming fall.
Boys & Girls Club members will work as a team to build a LEGO Mindstorms robot that will be entered in this year’s “Super SeniorsSM” challenge, which will feature robots that are meant to improve the quality of life for seniors by assisting them in maintaining an independent lifestyle and helping them remain engaged and connected in their communities.
The team will enter its first robot at the 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. This is a great way to expand the next generation of minds—encouraging team work, innovation, and community values—all in the spirit of science, fun, and the thrill of friendly competition.