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Biogen Idec Foundation Donates $100,000 to Launch STEM Education Collaboration

9/4/2012

PRESS RELEASE by Biogen Idec


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Biogen Idec Foundation and Teach For America today announced a new collaboration in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. A $100,000 grant from The Biogen Idec Foundation will be split evenly between Teach For America’s Massachusetts and Eastern North Carolina regions. The lead corporate STEM sponsor in both regions, Biogen Idec will make its Community Lab facilities available to Teach For America teachers and their students, and its scientists will share their expertise with the teachers in professional development sessions held during the school year.

The collaboration officially launches today, with a visit by 20 of Teach For America’s first-year science teachers to Biogen Idec’s Community Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. High school students participating in a summer program at the lab will talk to the new teachers about how to get students excited about math and science curriculum; the teachers will give the students feedback on their science projects. The science teachers participating in today’s event will begin teaching in local public schools this fall.

The Biogen Idec Community Lab is a state-of-the-art facility where students can experience firsthand the wonder of science. In line with a company-wide commitment to science education, the mission of the Community Lab is to excite and inspire students to make the discoveries of tomorrow. More than 23,000 middle and high school students have visited the Biogen Idec Community Labs since 2002. This fall, the Cambridge-based Community Lab will celebrate 10 years of working with Massachusetts students.

“We’re thrilled to launch Teach For America-Massachusetts’ first-ever corporate STEM collaboration with The Biogen Idec Foundation,” said Josh Biber, executive director of Teach For America in Massachusetts. “The Foundation’s generous support and Biogen Idec’s scientific expertise will help our teachers to foster the next generation of scientists and innovators.”

“Advancing science education and inspiring students to pursue careers in science is core to the mission of The Biogen Idec Foundation,” said Jo Viney, board member of The Biogen Idec Foundation. “We’re proud to work with Teach for America on this innovative STEM collaboration, and we’re excited at the tremendous potential it holds to reach thousands of students in Massachusetts and North Carolina.”

Teach For America recruits, trains and supports top recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved public schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement for educational equity. This year, approximately 3,200 corps members nationwide will be teaching STEM subjects, including approximately 80 in Massachusetts and nearly 70 in Eastern North Carolina. Teach For America is among the largest providers of STEM teachers nationwide.


About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. This fall, more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in 46 urban and rural regions across the country while nearly 28,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org .


About The Biogen Idec Foundation, Inc.

The Biogen Idec Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of peoples' lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which the company operates, with a special emphasis on innovative ways to promote science literacy and encourage young people to consider science careers. Additional information about the Biogen Idec Foundation can be found at http://www.biogenidec.com/citizenship_biogen_idec_foundation.html.


About Biogen Idec

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen Idec discovers, develops and delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders. Founded in 1978, Biogen Idec is the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company. Patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies, and the company generates more than $5 billion in annual revenues. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit www.biogenidec.com.


Media Contacts

Biogen Idec
Amanda Galgay, 781-464-3260
Amanda.Galgay@biogenidec.com

Teach For America
Kaitlin Gastrock, 646-315-1396
Kaitlin.Gastrock@teachforamerica.org