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Jay Students to Erect Geodesic Dome

June 4th, 2010

As part of a Service Learning Grant funded by Time Warner Cable and the Maine Commission for Community Service (MCCS), Jay Middle School will erect a geodesic dome Saturday. The dome, purchased from Growing Spaces, will allow them to grow produce for the school cafeteria and local food pantry. This grant was awarded to the school in part because of its focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.

The dome erection will involve students, parents, teachers, and community members.  This service learning activity is the culmination of hard work and classroom learning. Throughout the process students have honed geometry and algebra skills. In addition, students have gained hands on experience in architectural design, construction, and leadership.  After the domes construction it will be utilized by the entire Middle School for agricultural education programs. 

“It’s wonderful to see students so enthusiastic about learning,” said Andrew Russell of Time Warner Cable. “Building the dome is great for the community and teaching kids about plants,” said Alex Christie, Grade 6. “The Dome is built of triangles and they are the most structurally sound shape,” said Lucas Preble Grade 8. The Jay Middle School, Time Warner Cable, and the Maine Commission for Community Service would like to invite you to join the festivities.

When: Saturday June 12, 2010 (Rain date Saturday June 19th , 2010)
Time: 8:00- 5:00pm
Where: Jay Middle School, 23 Community Drive Jay, Maine 04239
What: Capture great visual and audio of students erecting the dome and or join in and help with the project! The goal for community construction day is to build the 2 foot foundation wall, erect the dome on top of it, and install glazed polycarbonate panels.

“Time Warner Cables Connect a Million Minds initiative aligns perfectly with our goal of bringing quality service learning to Maine students while increasing the public’s understanding of service learning and its benefits to students. Research indicates service learning participants are more engaged in school than their peers and are willing to take more active roles in the community,*” said Rochelle Runge, Public Relations Representative for MCCS.

Time Warner Cable has donated $35,000 as part of its new science and technology education initiative. Time Warner Cable launched CAMM to introduce youth to opportunities and resources that inspire them to develop the important science, technology, engineering and math skills they need to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. More information is available at 

The Maine Commission for Community Service builds capacity and sustainability in Maine's volunteer sector by funding service programs, developing managers of volunteers, raising awareness of the scope and impact of the sector, and encouraging an ethic of service. To learn more about the Maine Commission for Community Service visit our web-site at

Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York State (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media Sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. Time Warner Cable is the largest provider of cable and broadband services in Maine. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at

  * (Ammon, Furco, Chi & Middaugh, 2001; Hecht, 2002; Laird and Black 2002).  (Meyer, & Hofschire, 2003; Furco, 2002; Morgan & Streb, 2001; Rosenberg, McKeon, & Dinero, 1999; Westheimer & Kahne, 2000).