BOISE-- Summer camp doesn't always revolve around camping and water sports. For the kids taking part at a summer camp hosted by Micron, the activities revolve around science, technology, engineering and math.
The 210 kids participating in the 17th annual Chip Camp this summer are learning how about the intricate business of designing and manufacturing semiconductors and integrated circuits. In the past, the camp ran for two weeks, but this year was extended to three weeks.
Chip Camp was created by Micron to expose Boise-area students entering eighth through ninth grade to STEM fields and encourage them to choose STEM courses during their educational careers.
The community relations manager, Kami Faylor, says that the mission is working.
Chip Camp encourages students to pursue STEM fields
Faylor said, "A lot of students have relayed that this is one of those camps, one of those experiences, that they had that inspired them to take a career in the field of STEM seriously."
The Chip Camp is a free activity. The signup for next year's camp is in April 2018.