Archives 2013 | Biogen Idec Foundation Grant Received to Support Hands-On Science Learning

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Grant received from Biogen Idec Foundation
to support hands-on science learning


Contact: Leslie Pepple, Communications Manager
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Durham, NC – January 2013
The Biogen Idec Foundation has selected the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC as a recipient of a $64,500 grant to fund the Investigate Health Lab. The Lab is a hands-on exhibit where visitors participate in guided science experiments in a fun and engaging atmosphere, exploring topics in chemistry, biology, physics, and more. Through daily activities, "Meet a Scientist" programs, and science shows, Museum educators engage visitors in inquiry-based learning.

“The Biogen Idec Foundation is an ideal sponsor because we share the common belief that fostering curiosity and providing hands-on science-learning experiences help young people understand how the world works,” said Barry Van Deman, President and CEO of the Museum of Life and Science.  Biogen Idec has been a long-time corporate member; this is the first grant the Museum has received from the Biogen Idec Foundation.

“The Museum of Life and Science and the Investigate Health Lab embody the values of the Biogen Idec Foundation because they do more than make science opportunities available to young people, they make science fun,” said Machelle Sanders, member of the Board of Directors of the Biogen Idec Foundation. “We want to support the kinds of learning opportunities that spark curiosity and ignite passion for scientific discovery.  The hands-on programs provided through the Investigate Health Lab have proven to do just that.” 

Members of the community are invited to visit The Lab Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30am-2:30pm. During “Forensic February,” The Lab will feature activities that use the same forensic tools as real crime scene investigators. Each week a different area of forensics will be explored, from dusting for fingerprints with magnetic powder to examining exoskeletons under the dermascope.  All lab activities are free with paid Museum admission, thanks to the Biogen Idec Foundation grant.

About the Museum of Life and Science

The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to create a place of lifelong learning where people, from young child to senior citizen, embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community and their world. Situated on 84-acres in Durham, NC, the Museum is one of North Carolina’s top attractions.  The Museum mixes fun and learning with hands-on exhibits, designed to be touched and explored. Through interactive exhibits and events, the Museum provides hands-on learning opportunities for over 430,000 visitors each year; nurturing curiosity to help people of all ages understand how the world works. Visit for more information.

About The Biogen Idec Foundation

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 here...