Students from across North Carolina will have access to more innovation lab-based programs thanks to another $100,000 grant from the Biogen Idec Foundation to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

The foundation made a grant of the same amount in 2013.

The drug giant operates a large facility in Research Triangle Park. 

A big focus of the grant is to support the Micro World Investigative Lab in the museum;s Nature Research Center.

“The Museum’s new Micro World Investigate Lab curriculum will engage youth through extensive hands-on learning and experimentation, ignite long-term scientific curiosity and ultimately will inspire our next generation of science leaders to pursue passions that change our state and our world,” said Machelle Sanders, the foundation’s director.

Some of the grant will be used to cover transportation costs of students in outlying areas who want to visit the museum.