03.15.12

Lincoln, NE – For two days, fifteen teachers and 34 elementary, middle and high school students from Lincoln Public Schools’ Community Learning Center programs will participate in an exciting arts immersion camp at Lefler Middle School. “The Science of Sound” project is the result of a partnership between LPS Students Participate in STEM Arts Immersion Project the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln Public School’s Community Learning Center program, and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) initiative.  The following area business donated recyclable materials for students to use in creating their instruments: EcoStores of Nebraska, Lowe’s, Culligan Water, Carpetland, Home Depot, Kelly’s Carpet, QP Ace Hardware and the Lied Center for Performing Arts.

Media members are invited to witness interdisciplinary learning in action, take photos/video footage and interview participants as teachers use the arts as a tool to inspire students with core concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  

The “Science of Sound” camp concludes with a rousing musical performance on Friday at 5 PM where students will use the STEM-related musical instruments they created during the two-day camp.

Below is a full schedule of STEM activities at the “Science of Sound” camp:

Thursday, March 15:

9:30 AM – 12 PM: “Science of Sound” taught by John Bertles and “Introduction to the work Engineer/Inventor Rube Goldberg” taught by local area engineers. Following the second session, students will work as a group to design a Goldberg-like musical contraption.

12:55 PM – 2:50 PM: Students will build the Rube Goldberg instrument they designed in their morning session and will then take part in a “Science of Sound” session focused on experimenting with science.

Throughout the camp, participants have different opportunities to learn science concepts through the arts and arts concepts through science – including improvisational experiences emphasizing the history of Beatles music, well lyric- writing and composition, and interactive science stations.

Friday, March 16:

9:30 AM – 12 PM: Teacher John Bertles will work with students to build individual musical instruments.

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM: Instrument building and performance skills continue.

5 PM – 5:45 PM: John Bertles demonstrates what the students have learned and introduces the “Science of Sound” concepts to parents and family members. The students will then perform for those in attendance using their newly-built instruments.

“We’re proud to be involved with such a great event,” said Scott Miller, TWC’s area vice president of operations. “STEM education is crucial for students and for our country as a whole, and we want to do our part to get the next generation of young people get excited about science, technology, engineering and math.”

Students from the following schools are involved in the spring break camp: Pershing Elementary School, Culler Middle School, Park Middle School, Lefler Middle School, Mickle Middle School, and North Star High School. All of the participating schools have high free-and-reduced lunch rates and many students who may not normally have a chance to attend a performance at the Lied Center. The Science of Sound camp activities were specifically planned for the LPS spring break in order to give students a fun, enriching opportunity during their time off of school.

About the Partnership

For the twelfth year in a row, Time Warner Cable has teamed up with the Lied Center for Performing Arts to immerse and energize area youth in education, using the arts as a teaching tool for core math and science concepts. This initiative’s object is to help create the next generation of problem solvers through hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The Science of Sound project is an example of how communities, corporations and arts organizations can join forces to help inform, educate and inspire children. Connect a Million Minds, is a five-year, $100 million nationwide program that addresses a declining interest and success of young people in STEM. For more information on this initiative, visit www.connectamillionminds.com.

About the Lied Center for Performing Arts

The Lied Center for Performing Arts is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility. The Lied Center, opened in 1990, is Nebraska’s “Home for the Arts.” The facility offers major regional, national and international events designed to attract, entertain and inspire a statewide audience.

About Bash the Trash

Bash the Trash Environmental Arts combines science, music and environmental awareness through performances, educational programs and social initiatives.  Whether performing with musical instruments built from trash, building artworks from found objects or consulting on environmental arts education, BTT always focuses on how the arts and science work together.  Founded by John Bertles and Carina Piaggio in 1988, BTT now reaches over 50,000 students, teachers, and parents a year in performances, residencies and professional development programs.

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high‐speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting more than 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and, through its NaviSite subsidiary, managed and outsourced information technology solutions and cloud services. Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, www.navisite.com, and www.twcmedia.com.

About Connect a Million Minds

 Time Warner Cable’s (TWC) Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) is a five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind 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. TWC’s national CAMM partners are CSAS (Coalition for Science After School) and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Local TWC markets are activating CAMM across the country with community-specific programs and partnerships.