Heal the Bay and Time Warner Cable Present S.T.E.A.M. Machines at the Santa Monica Pier
Introducing the first-ever S.T.E.A.M. event at the Santa Monica Pier – a celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – with an infusion of Art throughout.
SANTA MONICA (October 29, 2013) –Heal the Bay and Time Warner Cable are presenting S.T.E.A.M. Machines, a day-long festival of interactive science, technology, engineering and math activities using art as the medium and fun as the common denominator from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 9, 2013.
“Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is hosting this STEAM event because we value science education as a way to cultivate better environmental stewards.,” explained Aquarium Director Heather Doyle. “This event will be like nothing you've ever seen before on the Pier. Come out and join the fun!”
Join S.T.E.A.M. Machines at the east end of the Pier and check out the curious contraptions entered in the Los Angeles region’s inaugural Rube Goldberg Contest, alongside a kaleidoscope of innovative exhibitors. Paint by numbers on a grand scale with Time Warner Cable; Trash For Teaching will stage a make-your-own recycling machine station; try games galore courtesy Two Bit Circus and Marbles the Brain Store; and Pacific Park will present a thrilling physics lesson (think roller coasters and the Pacific Wheel). The S.T.E.A.M. theme continues at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, beach level just beneath the Carousel – with an underwater ROV and a screening of the awesome Whale Fall video.
“We believe one of the most powerful ways to engage children in any kind of learning, especially STEM, is to make it fun, and that is why we are thrilled to support S.T.E.A.M Machines,” said Kim Latour, Director of Community Investment for Time Warner Cable. “At Time Warner Cable our Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind commitment to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM. This event is very aligned with what we’re all about.”
"The Pier has always been a place to inspire young minds, but with the expertise of Heal the Bay and TWC's Connect A Million Minds initiative, we've got a powerful platform for delivering STEM education in a really fun and novel way," said Pier Administrator Jay Farrand.
A significant donation from Time Warner Cable helps support STEM education and outreach; a big thank you to the Santa Monica Pier Corporation for hosting S.T.E.A.M. Machines and for supporting playful learning in greater Los Angeles.
About Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds
Time Warner Cable's (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million philanthropic initiative to address America's declining proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which puts our children at risk of not competing successfully in a global economy. Using its media assets, TWC creates awareness of the issue and inspires students to develop the STEM skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Program highlights include: original PSAs that challenge public perceptions of STEM; a unique website, www.connectamillionminds.com, and "The Connectory", a one-of-a-kind online resource that makes it simple and easy for parents and students to find informal science and technology learning opportunities in their communities. Local TWC markets have activated CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.
About the SMPA The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s marine education facility located beach-level, just below the Carousel, at the Santa Monica Pier. The Aquarium is open to the general public and attracts more than 85,000 visitors per year. Since Heal the Bay acquired the Aquarium in 2003 from UCLA, more than half a million visitors have been welcomed during public hours and nearly 140,000 students have been educated during in-house education programs.
About Heal the Bay Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.