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Cambridge Science Festival Announces Statewide Year-Round Science Outreach Initiative: Biogen Idec Foundation Science on the



  Cambridge Science Festival Announces Statewide Year-Round Science Outreach
  Initiative: Biogen Idec Foundation Science on the Street

     – The Program will Offer Educational Demonstrations at the American
    Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Family Science Days
                                 Conference –

Business Wire

BOSTON -- February 15, 2013

The Cambridge Science Festival (CSF) today announced “Biogen Idec Foundation
Science on the Street,” a new statewide, year-round outreach initiative to
bring engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
demonstrations and activities to thousands of people annually. Biogen Idec
Foundation Science on the Street will make STEM more accessible and fun
through inspiring researchers and innovators taking part in arts, cultural,
and community events throughout Massachusetts.

“It’s important that we don’t only celebrate science where it’s already
flourishing,” said John R. Durant, Executive Director of the Cambridge Science
Festival and Director of the MIT Museum. “Biogen Idec Foundation Science on
the Street allows us to take leading-edge science being worked in labs and
centers at MIT, Harvard, Biogen Idec, and throughout the Cambridge area, and
bring that directly into communities in every corner of the state.”

Thanks to the generosity of lead funder Biogen Idec Foundation, all outreach
bookings are free for the community organizations. Biogen Idec Foundation has
awarded the Cambridge Science Festival a $250,000 grant to fund Biogen Idec
Foundation Science on the Street.

“This grant underscores the Foundation’s commitment to enhancing STEM
education in our communities,” said Tony Kingsley, Chairman, Biogen Idec
Foundation. “Our hope is to excite and inspire the next generation of
innovators and scientists by sparking curiosity and exposing children to new
ideas and challenges.”

Biogen Idec Foundation Science on the Street is an initiative of the Cambridge
Science Festival, a 10-day STEM celebration that now serves as a model for
festivals across the United States and beyond. In Cambridge alone, CSF engages
more than 50,000 people through more than 100 different activities and events.
The sixth annual festival, held this past April, once again brought together
school groups, biotechnology companies, academic science outreach
coordinators, engineering clubs, and more. As happens every year, attendees
made new discoveries, and fresh collaborations were sparked among
participants.

Biogen Idec Foundation Science on the Street has been piloted at a number of
community events, including Cambridge’s Caribbean Festival, the El Planeta
Health and Family Expo in Roxbury, Camp Miracles and Magic for HIV-positive
kids in Hubbardston, the Boston Public School Back-to-School Jamboree, and the
Boston Public Schools 6^th grade orientation at Fenway Park, to name a few. In
every case, the Science of the Street team has been invited back to inspire,
engage and make exciting STEM accessible to all.

The Cambridge Science Festival and Biogen Idec Foundation will be onsite at
the AAAS Family Science Days conference on Saturday, February 16 offering
educational demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Hynes Convention
Center.

About The Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science Festival is a celebration showcasing the leading edge in
science, technology, engineering and math. A multifaceted, multicultural event
every spring, the Cambridge Science Festival makes science accessible,
interactive and fun for everyone! Our founding collaborators are MIT, Harvard
University, the City of Cambridge, and the Museum of Science Boston. Our
generous 2013 sponsors include MIT, Biogen Idec Foundation, The City of
Cambridge, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Alnylam, The National Science Foundation,
Harvard University, Cambridge Community Foundation, Amgen, Boston University,
Draper Laboratory, IBM, MathWorks, and MIT's Lincoln Labs.

About the Biogen Idec Foundation, Inc.

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:
http://www.biogenidec.com/citizenship_biogen_idec_foundation.html.

About Biogen Idec

Through cutting-edge science and medicine, Biogen Idec discovers, develops and
delivers to patients worldwide innovative therapies for the treatment of
neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia and autoimmune disorders. Founded in
1978, Biogen Idec is the world’s oldest independent biotechnology company.
Patients worldwide benefit from its leading multiple sclerosis therapies, and
the company generates more than $5 billion in annual revenues. For product
labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please
visit www.biogenidec.com.

Contact:

Cambridge Science Festival
P.A. d’Arbeloff, 617-519-0428
padarb@mit.edu
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