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Science Club for Girls receives $50,000 grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation May 27, 2011

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Science Club for Girls received a $50,000 grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation for its pilot “From A to Zebrafish” program, in which approximately 70 middle and high school girls will learn about zebrafish research to understand human disease models.

Science Club for Girls is one of 5 organizations to benefit from the Foundation’s Transformational Grants in Science Education program, created to support organizations that are strengthening efforts to develop effective science teachers and to encourage youth to pursue science careers.

Government, business and academic leaders all have identified strengthening K-12 STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education as a critical component of keeping the U.S. competitive in the global economy.

“The Biogen Idec Foundation has been a steady supporter of Science Club for Girls, and we are delighted that this grant will allow us to translate a vision into reality. We look forward to creating a learning ecosystem in which scientists in the greater Boston area who use zebrafish to probe different biological problems, will work side by side with high school girls and inspire them through hands-on learning and research,” said Connie Chow, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Science Club for Girls.

Amy Reilly, Associate Director of Public Affairs at Biogen Idec, presents a check to Science Club for Girls Executive Director

During the two-year program to be developed by Science Club for Girls, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students will learn from area women scientists conducting zebrafish research.  A subset of these students will then teach the zebrafish concepts to middle schoolers.  High school students also will be encouraged to participate in summer internships or supplemental science programs as well as showcase their zebrafish learnings at the state science fair.

“These are truly innovative programs that will make science come alive for many young people,” said Esther Alegria, Ph.D., Chair of the Foundation and Biogen Idec’s Vice President, Manufacturing and General Manager of the Research Triangle Park (RTP), NC site.  “The Biogen Idec Foundation is pleased to support these organizations and their efforts to create programs that aim to transform the way science is taught and to inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM fields.”

Other recipients of the grant program include Cambridge-based East End House to expand its GENASAS (Genearing and Evaluating New Adventures in Science After School) program; Boston University School of Medicine’s CityLab; the Contemporary Science Center and North Carolina New Schools Project, both in North Carolina. Read more about these projects here.

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