Beyond the programming, newscasts and creative energy that we seem to focus on in broadcast, print and digital media, it is easy to forget of the disciplines needed for the delivery in the first place.
When those first airwaves were manipulated to transmit a video picture from one place to another in Madison, little did we know then that now the same technology would be equally as responsible for Green Bay Packers Games, children programming and the "Real Wives of New Jersey."
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are the areas explored in the Connect a Million Minds initiative to inspire young people to pursue education and careers in these disciplines. Time Warner Cable’s fifth annual STEMfest at Discovery World will include groups of students from local schools, nearly 1,000 Girl Scout troop members and families from across southeast Wisconsin. All those attending the Girl Scout Night on Friday and Community Day on Saturday will receive free admission into Discovery World.
Girl Scouts will be participating in a FIRST LEGO League demonstration and thousands of children will be interacting with giant robots, launching rockets, making solar bead bracelets and more at the Milwaukee museum.
STEMfest exhibitors include: Badger State Science & Engineering Fair, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Robotics Team 1732 – Hilltoppers, Future City Competition National Winners – Hales Corners Lutheran School, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Growing Power, Marquette Engineering Outreach Programs, Milwaukee Area Destination Imagination, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rockwell Automation’s Society of Women Engineers, Time Warner Cable Technical Operations, UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences & Continuing Education, Wauwatosa STEM School, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
INTERNET: Time Warner Cable is offering Wisconsin customers a different internet package. The new Everyday Low Price Internet (ELP) tier offers download speeds up to 2 Megabits per second (Mbps) and uploads speeds up to 1 Mbps and is available for $14.99 per month.
"We’re confident that customers looking for a quality online connection for casual use will find that our Everyday Low Price Internet provides by far the best experience at the best value," Time Warner Cable regional vice president of operations Jack Herbert said in a statement.
NEW STORE: Time Warner Cable is opening a new Time Warner Cable Experience Store at 326 E. Capitol Dr. in Milwaukee. This news location is replacing its existing store at Martin Luther King Drive. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday.
Our new experiential store in Milwaukee is an important way we're connecting with the community and its customers," Herbert said. "As we continue to introduce new product technologies and features, this store will serve as a resource for residents to better understand new technologies like our growing digital features and program offerings."
A customer appreciation day will also take place, with prize giveaways throughout the day, including Green Bay Packers tickets, an iPad mini and gift cards. The Marquette University High School Robotics team will be on hand to accept a donation from TWC, as part of TWC's Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative, to get students interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The Racing Sausages will also be on hand to celebrate the new opening.
"The City of Milwaukee thanks Time Warner Cable for its commitment to the area, both as an employer and a valued member of the business community," said Mayor Tom Barrett. "Technology is changing rapidly, it's great to have a store like this that allows our residents the opportunity to learn more about and utilize TWC's products and services."
The new store features an open floor plan to present TWC's interactive suite of TV, Internet and phone products and services.
"We made the very conscious decision to make the store's layout open and inviting to encourage people to walk around and sample all of the great technologies we offer," Herbert said.
"This store is all about improving customer service and providing a relaxed environment where people can interact with us so we can provide solutions to meet their needs."
Store hours are Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and is closed on Sundays.
TWC plans to unveil nearly 400 experience stores nationally, according to the press release.
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
Instead of sheltering his brain from the onslaught, Steve embraces the news stories, entertainment, billboards, blogs, talk shows and everything in between.
The former writer, editor and producer in TV, radio, Web and newspapers, will be talking about what media does in our community and how it shapes who we are and what we do.