The town hall will connect young people from across the United States with students from around the world, and with internationally known science and technology leaders including inventor Dean Kamen and astronaut Sally Ride. The discussion will focus on attitudes among American youth toward math and science, and how to inspire and motivate them so they will be successful in a competitive global marketplace.
For this unprecedented event, Time Warner Cable selected one middle school student from the area to represent Coeur d’Alene in the discussion from the viewing party at the KROC Center (1765 W. Golf Course Road). The selection process included having students submit an essay of 350 words or less, addressing The Importance of Math and Science to the Future of Our Country and Community. The selected student will team up with the local event moderator, KXLY-ABC’s Chief Meteorologist Kris Crocker, to develop a news story about the event and the Connect a Million Minds initiative.
Simultaneous viewing parties are also being planned in 16 Time Warner Cable markets across the country, including one in Fountain Valley at Masuda Middle School (17415 Los Jardines West).
Following the Global Online Town Hall, students at Masuda Middle School will participate in a discussion adults who use science, technology and math in their fields. Panelists include Jamie Knight, Director, Commercial Recording Arts Department, Huntington Beach High School; Grace Adams, Executive Director, Bolsa Chica Conservancy; and Paul Pooler, Director of Education, Discovery Science Center. The Fountain Valley discussion will be moderated by Nino Polizzi, founder and president of Rocket Science Tutors (www.rocketsciencetutors.com), an all-volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to improving STEM education in America by generating excitement with real-life engineers in the classroom.
Members of the public can join the town hall at www.connectamillionminds.com, where – using a new online broadcasting platform from Vokle.com- they can submit live video questions and comments from anywhere in the world in real time.