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Biz ‘Bites:’ Robotics + STEM Kits among gifts to Boise nonprofit

Robotics + STEM Kits among gifts to Boise nonprofit

Representatives from Suburban Propane, the City of Boise, Whittier Kid City and students involved in the after-school program, gathered at Kid City to enjoy more than 100 robotics and STEM kits and an array of new sports equipment. Photo courtesy of Suburban Propane Partners L.P.

 Suburban Propane Partners L.P.  gifted more than 100 Robotics + STEM kits and an array of new sports equipment Nov. 5 to Whittier Kid City. 

Robotics + STEM kits include:  

  • Build Your Own Robots: coding, circuits and mechanical engineering;  
  • Physics of Design and Movement: building catapults, power boats and straw rockets  
  • Chemical and Physical Reactions: chemistry experiments 
  • Environmental Reactions: oily oceans, hydroponics and creatures 
  • Molecular/Chemical/Physical Interactions: various types of molecules and polymers 
  • Biology and Ecosystems: the reactions and consequences of certain influences on the environment 

Field hockey, flag football and basketball equipment was also donated. 

“Strengthening the mind and body are equally important and this donation of robotics kits and sports equipment will certainly support the valuable after-school programming that Kid City provides to so many Boise students,” Senator Melissa Wintrow said in a statement. 

The collaboration with Whittier Kid City is part of Suburban Propane’s SuburbanCares corporate initiative, according to the announcement, which is dedicated to supporting community efforts across the company’s footprint in the United States. Suburban Propane Partners L.P. (NYSE: SPH) is a nationwide distributor of propane, renewable propane, fuel oil and related products and services, as well as a marketer of natural gas and electricity and investor in low carbon fuel alternatives. Whittier Kid City is a nonprofit run by Boise Parks and Recreation and the Boise School District. 

“While many of our programs are returning to our more typical scope of service, our eyes have been opened to the value our programs are to keep our families working and our kids active, learning and healthy,” Marie Hattaway, community partnerships and youth recreation manager for Boise Parks & Recreation Department, said in a statement. “We are so appreciative of Suburban Propane’s generous support and look forward to continuing to help our students with brand new tools for their mental and physical development.” 

Clarification on potato-based product

Given the Idaho obsession with potatoes, anyone innovating potato-based products tends to catch our attention at the Idaho Business Review. This time it’s a product spotted at the Idaho Mining Conference on Nov. 2 at the Boise Centre. The product is call Mudwizard, a water clarification treatment that uses potato and cornstarch to strip mud and other solid sediment out of water in mines, tunnel excavations and drilling water.

The virtue of the product is quality clarification during the recycling or treatment of mine water, which can be done with small volume treatment tanks in settings like mines and tunnels where size is an issue. Mudwizard is a product of Technosub, a Canadian company that owns mining dewatering solutions firm Miller Sales & Engineering of Tucson.

First Cobalt changes name

It’s the second name change in 2021 for a mining company with Idaho mining interests. First Cobalt Corporation of Toronto, Ont., is changed its name to Electra Battery Materials on Nov. 8. Electra owns 4,000 acres of the Iron Creek claims and prospect area at the southwestern end of the Idaho Cobalt Belt. The firm is in a mature stage of exploration at the site to determine the size and extent of the cobalt resource it wishes to mine.

The Iron Creek area is to the west of the community of Elk Bend, where Iron Creek flows eastward into the Salmon River, and is approximately 30 miles southwest of Salmon.

Electra is currently involved with cobalt and nickel smelter north of Toronto. The smelter will be the site that processes cobalt concentrates from the Iron Creek project when it begins to produce ore. The smelter is projected to restart in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Trent Mell, Electra’s CEO, explained at the Idaho Mining Conference on Nov. 2 that the refinery will expand the company’s ability to refine more than just cobalt: “We’re going to be rebranding. Our company will come up with a new name (Electra) and a new strategy that’s going to accomplish more than cobalt around this. It’s not going to change what we’re doing here in Idaho, but it will change the refining strategy to try to fill that void that extends from cobalt and nickel, maybe one day manganese and certainly recycling.”

The first Idaho mining concern to change its name was Midas Gold, which is now Perpetua Resources.

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