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Twenty-Eight Grants Awarded to Area STEM Programs


Biogen Idec announced today that their non-profit arm, the Biogen Idec Foundation, collaborated with Triangle Community Foundation to award 28 grants totaling $48,914.55. The grants were made to Triangle area schools and nonprofits as part of the Micro-Grants in Science Education program. Grants are awarded on a one-time basis, and are given to programs focused on supporting science education initiatives.

"I am impressed year-after-year by the creative programs our educators have organized to ignite imagination and curiosity in our youth as they explore the world of science around them," shared Tony Kingsley, Chairman, the Biogen Idec Foundation. "It is vital we remain committed partners in building strong communities and providing opportunities that encourage children to develop a love for science and learning."

More than 50 applications from area schools and nonprofits were received by the Triangle Community Foundation, which administers the grant. Examples of grant recipients for the fifth cycle of funding include:

• Cedar Ridge High School (Orange County) for a class set of data analysis technology they can use in the laboratory on a regular basis.

• NC School of Science and Math (Durham County) for a week-long, residential summer enrichment program designed to further inspire African American, Native American and Hispanic students at the school to pursue STEM careers. The program partners with North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to provide students with research opportunities.

• Weatherstone Elementary (Wake County) for 5th grade students to design their own model membranes and apply their life science knowledge of the structure and function of living organisms and ecosystems.

"The Biogen Idec Foundation's micro-grant initiative perfectly reflects the spirit of Research Triangle Park," said Lori O'Keefe, Incoming President of Triangle Community Foundation. "The collaboration between the business, nonprofit and education communities is what gives the Triangle its distinctive edge in today's knowledge-based economy and provides great promise for the future."

Other awards were made to the following:

• A.L. Stanback Middle School for the "What can you learn from dissection?" program

• The BOOST Program at Duke University School of Medicine for the Scholar Science Symposium

• The Boys & Girls Clubs serving Wake County for the Science Saturdays program

• Central Elementary School for the Bringing Fun to School, through SCIENCE program

• Chatham Education Foundation for the CEF Inquiry Science Tools for Chatham High Schools

• Clayton Middle School for the Under the Microscope program

• Dillard Drive Middle School for the Zack Packs program

• Duke School for the DNA and Genetics Unit

• Durham Nativity School for In-Class Scientific Materials and Equipment

• East Wake Middle School for the Fish in the Schools program

• Eno River Association for the Using the Eno River as a Living Laboratory program

• Frances Lacy Elementary School for Science Tools for Inquiry Learning at Lacy (STILL)

• Green Hope High School for Introducing Students to 21st Century Lab Skills

• J.W. York Elementary School for the Engineering 2 Learn program

• John Avery Boys & Girls Club for the Garden Program – CareerLaunch

• Kestrel Heights School for the Microscopes for Middle Schoolers program

• Leesville Road Elementary School for the Science Literacy is Our Future program

• Marbles Kids Museum for the Born to Be Wild IMAX Learning Lab

• Morehead Planetarium and Science Center for the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program

• Morris Grove Elementary School for the Discovering DNA program

• Northwood High School for the Focusing on Life Science - Project Microscopes program

• SEEDS for the Urban Earth program

• South Johnston High School for Bridging the Gap between the Classroom and the Clinical Setting

• Timber Drive Elementary for the "Putting the Life in Life Science" program

• University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill's Science, Training and Diversity Group for the Biosciences in Motion: Moving Research from the Lab to Your Life program

• Youth Education for Savings Consortium for the YES Robotics program

About the Biogen Idec Foundation

The Biogen Idec Foundation's misson 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. For more information about the Biogen Idec Foundation, please vist their website.

About Triangle Community Foundation

As the nonprofit manager of $140 million in funds given by individuals, businesses, and families, the Triangle Community Foundation makes and administers grants to other nonprofit organizations. Programs are focused in a variety of areas for the benefit of the community. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit their website.


Meg Buckingham
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Triangle Community Foundation
919.474.8370 ext. 4018
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