BOISE, Idaho, March 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:MU) has teamed with Idaho-based Discover Technology to launch a new STEM Mobile Discovery Lab — a bus specially designed with hands-on, interactive science exhibits for elementary and middle school students in southwestern Idaho near Micron's corporate headquarters.
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The new STEM Mobile Discovery Lab features opportunities for students to engage with magnets, sound waves, robot programming and 3D printing, among other STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities. The Micron-sponsored lab is part of a new grant program from the Micron Foundation to help area elementary and middle schools offset three-fourths of the cost of a full-day STEM experience that includes the Discovery Lab. The program is available for 50 schools each year for the next two years.
"Our primary mission at the Micron Foundation is to spark a passion for STEM education in youth in the hopes of helping develop next-generation engineers, and we're thrilled to partner with Discover Technology to enable this mobile science lab to help accomplish this task," said Dee Mooney, executive director of the Micron Foundation.
Discover Technology already operates two STEM Mobile Discovery Labs that serve students in other locations in Idaho with hands-on discovery environments and experiences. The new mobile lab supported by Micron further promotes Discover Technology's efforts to partner with educators to help lead students into experiential discovery in STEM disciplines.
"The result of these mobile lab experiences is a greater relevance of existing curriculum and an increased interest and engagement from both educators and students," said Dr. Lorna Finman, founder of Discover Technology.
About Micron Foundation
The Micron Technology Foundation, Inc., a private, non-profit organization established in 1999 with a gift from Micron Technology, Inc., is committed to the advancement of education and local communities. The Micron Foundation partners with educators to spark a passion in youth for science, technology, engineering and math; engineers the future for students; and enriches the communities through strategic giving where team members live, work and volunteer. To learn more, visit www.micron.com/foundation.
Micron Technology, Inc., is a global leader in advanced semiconductor systems. Micron's broad portfolio of high-performance memory technologies—including DRAM, NAND and NOR Flash—is the basis for solid state drives, modules, multichip packages and other system solutions. Backed by more than 35 years of technology leadership, Micron's memory solutions enable the world's most innovative computing, consumer, enterprise storage, networking, mobile, embedded and automotive applications. Micron's common stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit www.micron.com.
About Discover Technology
Discover Technology is an Idaho based non-profit organization that develops interactive student experiences that partner with educators to help lead students into experiential discovery in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through mobile labs, in-school assemblies and summer and after-school STEM programs. Visit www.DiscoverTechnology.org.
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