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Former VP Gore hosts TWC’s Global Online Town Hall

Live interactive discussion connects Exploris Middle School students in RALEIGH with students around the world; Dean Kamen, Sally Ride and others to participate

Raleigh, NC — On November 17, 2010 at 12 pm ET, Time Warner Cable (TWC) will host a live interactive online town hall called “Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation,” hosted by former Vice President Al Gore.  This unique event is part of Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), TWC’s philanthropic commitment to connect youth to ideas, people and opportunities that will inspire them to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The town hall will connect young people from the US with students from around the world, and with internationally known science and technology leaders including inventor Dean Kamen and astronaut Sally Ride. The discussion will focus on attitudes among American youth toward math and science, and how to inspire and motivate them so they will be successful in a competitive global marketplace. Simultaneous “viewing parties” are being planned in 16 TWC markets, including one at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, where an Exploris Middle School student will have the opportunity to ask a question directly to the panelists.

“In today’s increasingly global economy, America cannot afford to continue to fall behind the world in the very subjects that are going to drive economic growth and development in the coming decades,” said Gore, who is appearing courtesy of Current TV, where he serves as Chairman. “By creating a dialogue that includes not only experts on the subject matter, but the kids who are ultimately affected by this issue, Time Warner Cable’s Global Online Town Hall is likely to provide tremendous insights into the issue and provide a jumping off point for action.”

Members of the public can join the town hall at http://www.connectamillionminds.com, where — using a new online broadcasting platform from Vokle — they can submit live video questions and comments from anywhere in the world in real time.

More than 200 students and local STEM luminaries, including Dr. Sam Houston, president and CEO of the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center; Dr. Laura Bottomley, Director of Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach at the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University; and Jerry Heneghan, CEO, Virtual Heroes Inc., will gather to view and interact with the online town hall,  then engage in follow up discussions that focus on local solutions for generating better student outcomes in STEM subjects. The Raleigh event will be held at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences main auditorium beginning at 11:45 AM ET on November 17. TWC-sponsored live events in the US will collectively gather more than 1000 students to participate.

“We want to put a human face on a very sobering statistic — the U.S. ranks 35th in math and 29th in science worldwide — to spark a new level of interest among our kids so they are prepared for what lies ahead,” stated Christine Whitaker, Area Vice President, Operations, Raleigh/Coastal/Fayetteville, Time Warner Cable. “As parents, educators, elected officials and business leaders, we need to do all we can to encourage our youth to take an active, enthusiastic interest in STEM and connect them to opportunities that stoke this passion.”

Representing the Triangle area in this event will be 8th grader Rebecca Evans from Exploris Middle School in Raleigh.  Despite her young age, Rebecca has demonstrated a love and passion for math and science. In addition to serving as editor of her school’s yearbook and captain of the girls’ soccer team, Rebecca works at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences where she supports the Tropical Conservatory and the Mobile Reptile Unit. The internship is a partnership between the museum and Exploris Middle School.

For more information about Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds program or the global online town hall event, please visit http://www.connectamillionminds.com.