Connect a Million Minds is a program that is sponsored by Time Warner Cable with the aim “to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).” The program includes some videos, a website, grants, and other initiatives. In today’s post, I want to focus mainly on a couple of sections of the website – though I encourage you to also visit the collection of videos that show how STEM is used in many careers that students may not usually associate with these subjects.
One of the features of the Connect a Million Minds website is “Connectory.” This is a page that allows you to search for STEM activities occurring in your area. I did a search for my zip code, and was a little disappointed. I am aware of a few upcoming events that weren’t listed. Obviously, this database requires entries to be submitted from the local programs, and there does not seem to be two-way communication going on everywhere. Parents are often asking me for camps, classes, and events, and I would love to be able to use this as a one-stop resource. This has potential, but may need more media exposure to be fully realized.
Another feature of the site is the “Campaigns” section. Currently, they are running a “STEM in Sports” campaign, which looks like it could really be beneficial for “hooking” some students into STEM. It includes videos from some sports celebrities, such as Victor Cruz, Magic Johnson, Ian Poulter, and Jeff Gordon. In the videos, the men relate their specific sports to STEM. (Notice that I said, “men.” It would be nice to find some women to include in the sports section, as well!) The “STEM in Sports” campaign also includes some resources for Parents and Educators to download that give suggestions for fun activities highlighting STEM connections in each sport.
If you are trying to find some STEM resources for students, try taking a look at Connect a Million Minds. You may find something new that will spark a student’s interest in STEM.