NCSU gets grant

GlaxoSmithKline Foundation gives $1 million to new education program.

RALEIGH, N.C. [04.15.04] — The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation is giving a $1 million, three-year grant to the new William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University.

The grant will help establish a mathematics and science “collaboratory” that will bring together educators, researchers, scientists and students to try to create innovations in education, such as teaching scientific concepts by exploring students’ visual-spatial thinking.

The institute, a research, development and outreach center for educators from kindergarten to the university level, will set up four other collaborative efforts focusing on instructional technologies, middle grades education, cultural connections and educational leadership.

Scheduled to open in 2005 on the Centennial Campus at NCSU, the institute is named for William Friday, an NCSU alumnus and retired president of the University of North Carolina system, and his wife, Ida.

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