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Biogen Idec Foundation Awards Grant to Support Investigative Lab and Increased Access for Disadvantaged Families

Durham Science Museum receives $100,000 grant for hands-on science learning through Investigate Health Lab and Ignite Learning Program



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Durham, NC - February 2014


Always wondered how sensitive your nose is to nano-particles or what chemists really do? Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation funding the Investigate Health Lab, visitors to the Museum of Life and Science are able to investigate questions like these with daily hands-on programming exploring health and medicine, forensic science and emerging technologies. A signature exhibit of the Durham based science museum, The Lab brings together educators, guest scientists and visitors through inquiry-based experiments in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

"The Lab is a perfect example of a place where discovery can turn into a life-long passion," said Barry Van Deman, Museum President and CEO. "Biogen Idec Foundation is a natural partner. They share our belief that interactive learning experiences beyond the classroom spark children's curiosity and sustain a sense of wonder."

A portion of this funding will also help expand Ignite Learning, a membership program that provides low-income families in Durham year-round access to interactive science learning opportunities and Museum programs they otherwise would not be able to afford.

"Science is for everyone," said Michelle Sanders, member of the Board of Directors of the Biogen Idec Foundation, "and the Museum of Life and Science and the Investigate Health Lab make science fun. These are the kinds of hands-on learning opportunities that spark curiosity for scientific discovery. We're pleased to be working with the Museum to inspire the next generation of science explorers."

A long-time community partner, Biogen Idec has been a corporate member for several years and recently selected the Museum for the third year in a row as the recipient of their "Care Deeply Volunteer Day," a company-wide day of service that spans across 28 countries. This is the second year Biogen Idec Foundation has provided funding for the Museum's Investigate Health Lab.

Thanks to this continued support, all Lab activities are free with paid Museum admission. The Lab is open to visitors Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30AM - 2:30PM.


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 children to senior citizens embrace science as a way of knowing about themselves, their community, and their world. One of North Carolina's top attractions, the Museum is known for its 84-acre campus and interactive science center which provides hands-on learning opportunities for over 440,000 visitors each year. 


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 at: