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Meet Elżbieta Henryka Strzelec from Poland


Elżbieta, from Warsaw, is a teacher of both biology and natural science, working in two different schools. She has 25 years' experience and is responsible for the education of students between the ages of 13 and 19.

Meet Patricia Duffy from Ireland


A science teacher at St. Mary's Baldoyle in Dublin, Patricia participated in the first year of Amgen Teach after finding out about the programme via Ireland's national training provider, PDST Professional Development Service for Teachers. She has five years' teaching experience and prior to her current career worked in the pharmaceutical industry.

Meet Mariada Muciaccia from Italy


Mariada has taught chemistry, biology and earth science since 1981, and currently works in Rome – where she also participated in an intensive Amgen Teach workshop earlier this year. Her objective was to learn how best to apply inquiry-based techniques to students between 16 and 18. "Amgen Teach enhanced my confidence and ability to use inquiry-based teaching," she shared.

Harvard University Faculty Mentor David Mooney on Luck in Mentorship


Any Amgen Scholar would be fortunate to land in David Mooney’s cell and tissue engineering lab at Harvard University. In the past year alone, his team of 40 scientists -- 10 of them undergraduates -- has packaged cancer vaccines into new scaffold-like materials. They’ve made elastic gels on which bone stem cells stand a better chance of survival.  And they have developed strands of nanomaterials that can deliver drug “refills” to existing drug-eluting implants.

Teens: The Unacknowledged Experts in Science Education


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.

Science Ed: What Students Want

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As part of the Amgen Foundation’s commitment to inspire the next generation of scientists, we partnered with Change the Equation to conduct a survey to better understand what motivates U.S. high school students to pursue a science education. The report, titled “Students on STEM: More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences,” shows that students want additional opportunities that will inspire them to explore careers in scientific fields, and teachers are uniquely positioned to stimulate students’ interest in STEM.

New National Survey Sheds Light on How to Better Engage Students in Science Education

American Students Want More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences. Teachers Are Critical to Inspiring a Lasting Interest in Science.
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., and WASHINGTON, June 7, 2016 /3BL Media/ – The Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation (CTEq) today announced results of a survey conducted to better understand what motivates U.S. high school students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Meet Gabriella Baron from Italy


School: Comprehensive Institute of Marostica

Subject and Grade Taught: Secondary school level the age of the students is between eleven and thirteen.

Years Teaching: 20

Years in Amgen Teach Community: 1

Participation in Amgen Teach Programme: National training and DLA

"The methodology IBSE goes deep and makes students discover that the motivation to learn comes from the satisfaction of having learned and understood something significantly.

Meet Hülya Bal from Turkey


School: Gölbaşi Anadolu Lisesi, Turkey

Subject and Grade Taught: Biology, K9-K12

Years Teaching: 24

Years in Amgen Teach Community: 3

Participation in Amgen Teach Programme: Workshop in the Future Classroom Lab (Friday 3rd of June (starting time: 19:30 CEST) to Sunday 5th of June (end time: 13:30 CEST)


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