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Scientific tinkerings

By From the Boston Globe

`By Diana Brown

Mark Gelfand, co founder of Intex Solutions Inc., donated a five-year, $280,000 grant to launch an after-school program kit to help schools start science and technology enrichment programs.

The kits are based on University of Massachusetts at Lowell's DesignLab after-school program and the DesignCamp summer program directed by Douglas Prime, director of the K-12 educational outreach for the College of Engineering.

Isa Zimmerman, former Acton-Boxborough superintendent , now director of the K-16 initiatives for the UMass president's office, is also involved in the program.