Orem entrepreneur donates $2M to children's museum

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LEHI, Utah (AP) — An Orem entrepreneur known for his line of blenders is donating $2 million to a children's science museum under construction in Lehi.

Blendtec CEO Tom Dickson made the donation to the Museum of Natural Curiosity, which is expected to open in May at the city's Thanksgiving Point attraction.

The nonprofit organization spearheading the $28.5 million project has recognized the contribution by naming the museum's education arm the Dickson Academy of Curiosity.

The Daily Herald of Provo reports (http://bit.ly/1dH8O0N ) the academy will sponsor field trips, summer day camps and interactive educational activities under the supervision of eight full-time staff and many volunteers.

The 45,000-square-foot museum will include a rainforest, waterworks, "Kidopolis," traveling exhibits and a five-acre outdoor Children's Discovery Garden. It's expected to attract more than 300,000 visitors a year.

Dickson is known for his "Will It Blend? YouTube series in which he blends iPhones, marbles, golf balls and other objects to showcase the power of his blenders.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldextra.com

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