Funding Business Startups and Science Lessons: Micron Supports Idaho

By Micron Foundation - 2015-06-04

Micron is bolstering its community support in Idaho through three ongoing efforts. The first is a recent $250,000 donation from Micron to the Trailhead nonprofit providing office space to Treasure Valley startups. The next two involve the Micron Foundation hosting its 15th annual Chip Camp and funding a local science exhibit set to open in June.

Started earlier this year, Trailhead has developed a “co-working” space where members can drop in and receive counsel and regional contacts to help support their startups. About 30 members have joined the organization, with about 20 of those having founded or worked for startups.

Reported in May by the Idaho Statesman, Micron made its donation to Trailhead in the hope that the organization helps spur regional innovation and job creation.

“Boise is Micron’s home,” Micron CEO Mark Durcan said. “Micron feels that this is one of those things we can do to support the community and create a vibrant business environment, which is good for all of us.”

Durcan added that Trailhead is “a good idea that’s worth giving a chance to blossom. We’re stepping forward early and providing seed money, but we’ll have to see how the rest of the community embraces it.”

Additionally, Micron’s 15th annual Chip Camp runs June 9-11 and 16-18 and is expected to serve about 150 Treasure Valley junior high students from 40 different regional schools—an increase from 120 students from last year.

The camp at the Dehryl A. Dennis Professional Technology Center in Boise helps 7th and 8th grade students learn more about the intricate business of designing and manufacturing semiconductors and integrated circuits.

“Chip Camp was created to make science and technology a stimulating experience and expose students to the semiconductor industry, ideally influencing student course selection during high school to include challenging math and science course work,” said Micron Foundation Executive Director Dee Mooney.

Also on hand for students at Chip Camp will be the Micron-Discover Technology STEM Mobile Discovery Lab — a bus specially designed with hands-on, interactive science exhibits for elementary and middle school students in southwestern Idaho.

Meanwhile, the Micron Foundation-funded Fizzology: The Science of Bubbles exhibit at the Discovery Center of Idaho is scheduled to open June 6. Like Chip Camp, the funding of the exhibit by the Micron Foundation is intended to promote math and science education and help inspire the next generation of innovators.

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