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Cable Technology Feature Article

March 25, 2010

Time Warner Cable Energizes Students to Connect, Learn, Exchange

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

In an effort to connect people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other in ways that are simple and easy, Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable continued its celebration of Connect a Million Minds Week with the first of three curriculum stations, “Create.”

The “Create” concept is meant to teach students the mechanism of how light changes into energy, and help them understand how video signals are transmitted digitally on its network.

As part of the company’s newly created, signature technology curriculum, “Cracking the Codes in the Digital World,” more than 1,500 students participating in the program will create an electrical current from photo-voltaic cells. They will get to experience how digital signals are ultimately converted into television pictures.

“The combination of thinking about Time Warner Cable’s technology coupled with the challenge of cracking codes will create a hands-on, thought-provoking program,” Bonnie Hathaway, Vice President, Public Affairs, Time Warner Cable, said. Hathaway added that ultimately they wanted students to feel that they had accomplished something.

Elaborating on the role of “Create”, Susan Warner, Senior Director, Public Affairs, said that students would demonstrate how energy could be converted from one type to another, just like the television camera converted light energy into electrical signals. Warner added that the creation of pixelated art would help them understand how HD programming was created.

Students would also develop a technological understanding of how a television signal was created, and students who were participating in “Crackling the Codes in the Digital World” would be able to comprehend how a cable television signal was transmitted through space, thousands of miles away before receiving them at home.

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America’s declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math , which puts the  children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy.

Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard