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Cox Partners with Boys & Girls Club on STEM Lab

Cox Communications and the Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos have partnered to open a new Cox Innovation Lab at the club, which was the recipient of a $20,000 grant from the James M. Cox Foundation, named after Cox’s founder, an early 20th century media mogul and former governor of Ohio.

The Cox Innovation Lab includes a podcast station, 3-D printer and lots of other hardware and software so that the kids can learn about STEM careers, increase their digital literacy and have exposure to robotics and other technology.

Following the ribbon-cutting celebration earlier this month (Nov. 17), Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos served its annual grab-and-go style Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the traditional fixings to more than 300 of its youth and their family members.

“We are thankful for our partners at Cox Communications who are helping provide meaningful digital experiences for our youth – many of whom do not have these tools available to them at home,” said Cathy Baur, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Club of San Marcos.

“A reliable connection to the internet is more important now than ever before,” said Ingo Hentschel, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications. “We’re committed to ensuring our children are connected at school, at home and right here at the Boys & Girls Club where so many children spend their afternoons. We look forward to the incredible achievements we’re going to see from all of these bright kids in the coming years.”

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Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is launching a new, adults-only program, Oceans at Night. The first-of-its-kind event for the aquarium will allow a 21+ audience to experience an immersive blend of art, science and technology after-hours.

The new monthly series celebrates the wonders and mysteries of the ocean after dark, featuring interactive experiences highlighting ocean phenomena that occur at night, including bioluminescence and biofluorescence. The program also aims to create a fun, adults-only atmosphere with live music, a “glow lounge” with life-sized games, glowing nighttime dives and epic ocean views. Glowing cocktails and food also will be available at the events.

“We’re thrilled to be launching this new signature event, giving locals an opportunity to unwind and experience the aquarium like never before,” said Executive Director Harry Helling. “We often think of the ocean as silent, colorless and uninteresting at night. But there is a secret language of light in the deep ocean that we are just beginning to understand. I hope our guests are just as excited by the ocean at night as we are.”

Each event will be designed to connect guests with the aquarium’s current exhibits and the scientists who study these ocean phenomena. With the aid of specialized lighting and glasses, guests will have the opportunity to explore the aquarium in a new light, seeing how some animals transform in the dark.

The inaugural Oceans at Night event will take the plunge on Thursday, January 26.

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