As National Teacher Appreciation Week kicks off today, we would like to thank the many educators that are the backbone of our programs, especially the amazing teachers and mentors involved in the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE), which empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their high school classrooms.
Science is fascinating. It tells us who we are, what we’re made of and provides insights on how we can potentially solve huge problems, from cancer to climate change. But students can sometimes find the subject confusing, overwhelming and boring. In fact, in a recent survey commissioned by the Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation, nearly half of teen respondents said science is confusing, and 25 percent said it is gross. By providing youth hands-on and real-life applications of science, we can engage students, increase science literacy and show them how cool science can be.
Guest Post Written by Claus von Zastrow, Change the Equation
In education policy circles, we spend so much time talking about young people that we sometimes forget to listen to them. Young people can have critical insights on schools and learning that escape the researchers and policy wonks. As we adults struggle to reform science education, we could stand to learn a great deal from students who, after all, have the most to gain from our efforts.
Stepping away from his day job for a few hours, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield on April 22nd to participate in the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) and truly see the power of hands-on learning.
Amgen Foundation has been, and continues to be, deeply committed to investing in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and promoting science literacy. To ignite a passion for science in students, it is crucial that they have access to hands-on experiences in the classroom. Likewise, it is essential that teachers are equipped with the knowledge, resources and professional development opportunities needed to inspire their students.
Amgen Biotech Experience Expected to Reach 7,000 Rhode Island Students Over Next Two Years
The Amgen Foundation will invest more than $4 million to strengthen the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) program across the United States, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Ireland over the next two years. This includes awarding $100,000 to the University of Rhode Island (URI) to continue empowering Rhode Island teachers to inspire the next generations of scientists by giving their high school students access to the same lab equipment used by research scientists in the field today.
Amgen Biotech Experience Expected to Reach More Than 150,000 Students Over Next Two Years
Thousand Oaks, Calif., Oct. 21, 2015 /3BL Media/ – The Amgen Foundation announced today that it will invest more than $4 million to support and strengthen the Amgen Biotech Experience program across the United States, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom and Ireland. The Amgen Biotech Experience includes an engaging series of labs that effectively bring biotechnology into classrooms.