Biogen Idec Foundation Helping Send Teachers to Bridging the Gap Conference October 28-29

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research (NCABR) is excited to announce a collaboration with the Biogen Idec Foundation that will send teachers from North Carolina's most economically distressed counties to this week's Bridging the Gap STEM education conference October 28-29 for free. Bridging the Gap is an annual conference organized by NCABR bringing together representatives from K-12 education, higher education, industry, state and local government, and other groups, such as museums and economic development nonprofits. Attendees share ideas and resources toward a common goal of strengthening science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education throughout North Carolina at the K-12 and college levels.

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Through the Biogen Idec Foundation Scholars program, the Biogen Idec Foundation will cover registration fees and travel costs for 40 K-12 teachers who work in Tier 1 counties. Tier 1 counties have been deemed North Carolina's most economically distressed by the state Department of Commerce.

"Science is for everyone," said Machelle Sanders, North Carolina trustee of the Biogen Idec Foundation. "The Biogen Idec Foundation wants to spark a passion for science and STEM fields among children across North Carolina. We know that investing in our teachers is one of the most important and effective ways to reach our future science leaders."

K-12 teachers and administrators who attend Bridging the Gap also will be eligible to apply for special funding for their schools to support STEM education programs and resources.

Over the past two years, more than 650 educators, thought leaders, policymakers, industry representatives and others have attended. The Biogen Idec Foundation is the presenting sponsor of this year's conference.

NCABR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by the leaders in North Carolina's bioscience research community. NCABR's members and supporters include academia, industry, government, nonprofit research organizations and professional societies.

The Biogen Idec Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of peoples' lives and contribute to the vitality of the communities in which Biogen Idec operates. The Foundation focuses on STEM education and is committed to sparking a passion for science and discovery, supporting innovative STEM initiatives, and strengthening efforts to make science accessible to diverse populations.

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