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Biogen Idec Foundation Together with Triangle Community Foundation Award

Grants will expand and enhance science education for area schools and nonprofits

Research Triangle Park, N.C. (December 11, 2013) - The Biogen Idec Foundation together with Triangle Community Foundation announced it has awarded 36 grants totaling $49,536 to Triangle area schools and nonprofits as part of its Micro-Grants in Science Education program. The program provides small, one-time grants ranging from $250 - $2,500 to schools and nonprofits to support science education initiatives.

“It is vital that we remain committed partners in building strong communities and providing opportunities that encourage children to develop a love for science and learning,” shared Tony Kingsley, Chairman, Biogen Idec Foundation. “Looking to the future, we will continue to pursue opportunities to interact with, educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders.” (Science, technology, engineering and math.)

Triangle Community Foundation, which administers the program, received 47 applications from schools and nonprofits for this sixth cycle of funding.  Examples of grant recipients and their supported initiatives include:

• Efland-Cheeks Elementary School (Orange County) for the purchase of an adult-sized skeletal model that will help students better understand the human skeletal structure, and determine low-cost solutions to design better prosthetic limbs.

• Franklin Academy High School (Wake County) for the purchase of a spectrophotometer for the purposes of creating quantitative data to align with new AP Biology curriculum. (A spectrophotometer measures either the amount of light reflected from a sample object or the amount of light that is absorbed by the sample object.)

• SEEDS (Durham County) for a program  which will provide 1st-8th graders curriculum for understanding how elements, plants, animals and pollutants relate to each other and impact the environment.

“The Biogen Idec Foundation’s micro-grant initiative is a perfect example of the region’s continued commitment to education and the future success of our children,” said Lori O’Keefe, President, Triangle Community Foundation. “The collaboration between the business, nonprofit and education communities is what sets the Triangle apart, and ensures that we make a greater impact where it is needed the most. We are so grateful for this partnership. ”

Other grant recipients are:

• Achievement Academy of Durham for GED-Plus: Science of Mind
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County for Collaborative STEM Initiative (CSI) Program, in collaboration with North Carolina State University
• Carrington Middle School- Durham Public Schools for Class Fish Tank
• Casa Esperanza Montessori Charter School for Life Science Mobile Cart
• Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation for Understanding Biology and More Through Gardening
• Clayton Middle School for Code Blue Medical Simulation
• Contemporary Science Center for Computer-based Laboratories for Biology and Chemistry
• Corinth Holders High School for The Science of Life
• Durant Road Elementary School for DRES 1st Grade Zoo-Venture
• Efland-Cheeks Elementary School for Boning Up on Biology
• Frances Lacy Elementary School for Lacy's Salt Water Aquarium
• Franklin Academy High School for a spectrophotometer to allign with the new AP Biology curriculum
• Global Health Connections International for Looking Forward with STEM
• Granville County Historical Society Museum for Summer STEMsations
• Inter-Faith Food Shuttle for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Outdoor Classroom
• Joe Toler Oak Hill Elementary for Experiencing Life Sciences: A new engineering pilot program seeking experiential learning
• Lead Mine Elementary School PTA for STEM Outdoor Classroom
• Lee County High School for Promoting Scientific Literacy for ESL Students through Modeling Instruction
• Lee County Schools for Biology for Beginners
• Middle Creek High School for STEM @ MCHS
• NCSU SATELLITE- Science and Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership in Tomorrow's Endeavors Rocky River Heritage Foundation for Rocky River Heritage Student Project
• NC Science Olympiad for Digging in to DNA
• Orange County 4-H for Orange County 4-H School Enrichment
• Pittsboro Elementary School for Let's Learn At Our Lake!
• Sherwood Githens Middle School for Fetal Pig Dissection
• Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School First Robodogs Booster Club for Robodogs Team 435
• Southern Lee High School for Destiny Buss
• Tar River Elementary School for Creature Coaster
• The Osman Foundation for Chatham Girls 4 STEM: "Minds On" Summer Camp
• University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Science Training and Diversity Group for Running Experiments: Investigating the Science of Life
• Wake Forest Middle School for Beyond the Classroom
• Wilton Elementary School for Gearing for Bioengineering
• Willow Oak Montessori: A Public Charter School for Earth, Fire, Wind and Water: Bringing the World of Science into the Classroom
• Woods Charter School for Protein Modeling


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 .

Triangle Community Foundation is a nonprofit that manages over $165 million in funds established by families, businesses, individuals, and organizations. From these funds, it makes grants to nonprofit organizations and administers a variety of programs for the community’s benefit.  During the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Foundation granted more than $13 million to nonprofits, schools and community efforts. For more on the Foundation, visit