Nearly $50,000 in grants is being distributed to 28 Triangle-area schools and nonprofit organizations by the Biogen Idec Foundation through a program managed by the Triangle Community Foundation.

The one-time awards, ranging from $250 to $2,500, support science education initiatives through the Biogen foundation’s Micro-Grants in Science Education program.

The grants fund a wide range of ideas culled from some 50 applications. Some are classroom-focused, while others include an outreach component, like one operated by the NC School of Science and Math in Durham.

NCSSM hosts a week-long, residential summer enrichment program to inspire African-American, Native American and Hispanic students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering or math. The program partners with North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to provide students with research opportunities.

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