Time Warner Cable and the Columbia Urban League are teaming up to present the second annual Youth STEM Expo. The event will be held Thursday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saluda Shoals Park.
“Time Warner Cable is pleased to once again be the title sponsor of this event,” said Charlene Keys, area vice president of operations for Time Warner Cable South Carolina. “The Youth STEM Expo is an important opportunity for these students to learn firsthand how much fun you can have while learning math or science and to better understand the practical applications of math and science in careers.”
Students from school districts throughout Fairfield, Kershaw, Richland, Lee, Lexington and Marlboro County will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Columbia-area businesses while learning the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as it pertains to their future career opportunities. During the next decade, U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase at four times the rate for all other occupations.
"Science, technology, engineering and math are so important in helping to break the cycle of low academic expectations," said James T. McLawhorn Jr., president and CEO of the Columbia Urban League. "We are thankful to Time Warner Cable for its commitment to our youth and this event." Numerous Time Warner Cable employees will donate their time to volunteer and show students how STEM relates to the cable industry.
The event’s keynote address will be delivered by Robert S. Jackson, assistant principal at Dutch Fork High School. Jackson has diverse experience with students of all ages and has 19 years experience in South Carolina’s public schools. He is the conceptual author of the app Classroom Mosaic, a tool designed for conducting informal classroom observations. It is currently in use across the country and is available for download through the iTunes® store.
 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2007 (Mathematics) and 2005 (Science).