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TWC grant provides summer workshops for teachers

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Buffalo: State of Education: TWC grant provides summer workshops for teachers
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Time Warner Cable, parent company of YNN, has been committed with providing educators with resources toward STEM education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Vince Gallagher recently visited a college campus where this is happening, as way of educating teachers for the future.

College of St. Rose President Dr. R. Mark Sullivan said, "I am just thrilled that we have a new educational partner in Time Warner Cable under their national program Connect a Million Minds, to inspire young people to become more interested in STEM fields."

That's the whole idea at the announcement of the new Teacher Training Center at the College of St. Rose in Albany. Time Warner Cable donated a $45,000 grant, which provides summer workshops for teachers, emphasizing STEM as the main focus.

Science Education Coordinator Mary Cosgrove said, "One of the things that is very highly recommended whenever you look at any standards, national or state, that an inquiry experience is what will teach children to understand science, and to love science, math, technology, and engineering."

The idea is for teachers to find information on their own, and that same idea would apply to the students.

Cosgrove said, "It will stay with them, it will excite them, and hopefully it will drive them to go into STEM careers, because this is what we need."

And educators seem to agree.

Teacher Patricia Platel said, "Anyplace that helps us to learn more and give us more hands-on experience, it's wonderful. We love support from the community. It helps spread education through the community where it should be and everyone is involved in it, so we appreciate any support we can have."

So whether it's studying volcanic eruption, pendulum oscillation, or radiation theories, when it comes to STEM education, the motto here is, it's never too early to start.

Platel said, "The sooner we start them with the STEM, the more training we have as teachers and we can bring it into the classrooms through all of our subjects, and it's fantastic, starting with our three year old programs all the way up even to the graduate level."

And another plus, since the Connect a Million Minds program has become a statewide and national commitment, the number of students affected could reach...well...a million.

Cosgrove said, "And that's just one year. If you count the years that these teachers will be teaching, it's huge, it's a huge number of people affected."

A way for teachers and students to stay "connected" for the future.

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