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The Micron Foundation and Micron employee volunteers recently supported two successful competitions: The 2009 FIRST Robotics national contest to promote engineering careers to high school students and the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to achieve their full potential.
Thanks to financial grants from the Micron Foundation, a separate non-profit entity with its own endowment fund, six high school teams in Idaho and Virginia fielded motorized warriors in the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition. Several Micron team members volunteered their time to mentor the students by helping them develop a strong work ethic, problem-solving skills and teamwork. Micron mentors, students and teachers talked about their experiences this year in this video.
The World Winter Games were sponsored in part by a 2007 grant from the Micron Foundation and drew more than 2,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries, as well as thousands of spectators and journalists from around the world. Micron employees volunteered in a variety of roles to make the week-long competition a success. They share their reasons for supporting the Special Olympics movement in this video.