When we launched Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) in 2009, we created a “Share Wall,” a digital scrapbook of sorts where parents, teachers, TWC customers and others could document how they were helping connect young people to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities in their area. Now in the fifth year of our initiative and only about 50,000 minds away from its self-titled milestone, we’ve unveiled a new and improved Wall. To christen its renovation and demonstrate the integration of social media into the new Wall, we asked afterschool STEM organizations we’ve partnered with to Tweet their top #CAMMStory for a chance to win a $500 grant.
Invited organizations decorated our Share Wall with submissions posted via Twitter. Here, check out the three organizations with winning CAMM Stories:
— GSHNC (@GSHNC) February 25, 2014
First up is the Girl Scouts, Hornet’s Nest Council. Not only has the outdoorsy organization provided decades worth of deliciously addictive cookies, thanks to the support of TWC, they’ve introduced a new generation of girls in North Carolina to how fun and messy STEM can be.
— PAL New York City (@PALNewYork) February 28, 2014
Second is the Police Athletic League of New York City. For nearly a century, the Police Athletic League has been tirelessly helping children give back to their communities, engaging New York’s youth in uber-positive education and outreach programs. This year, partnership with TWC brought STEM programming to the historic non-profit, including learning how to use the sun to bake s’mores, an activity we’re going to try as soon as we’ve connected our millionth mind.
— Int’l Soap Box Derby (@aasbdorg) February 24, 2014
Finally, we’ve got the International Soap Box Derby. Started in 1934, the Soap Box Derby is a national youth racing program that challenges children to build and race their own small-scale vehicles. The STEM applications here are endless and the results can often put high-end dealership models to shame. This year, American Speed Racers have built, driven and raced their way to an extra $500.
These are just three of many tales of how people and organizations in the CAMM community have helped inspire the next generation of problem solvers. Taken your kids to a robotics competition recently? Gone on a class field trip to the science museum? If you’ve been a part of the effort to connect a million minds to STEM, visit our Share Wall to post your own story. Or, contribute via social by mentioning @ConnectMinds and tagging #CAMMStory on Instagram and Twitter. With nearly 950,000 minds pledged so far — and only 50,000 more to go — pledge your own today!