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What is ABE?

ABE site Italy (https://www.amgenbiotechexperience.net/it/eng) was born in 2017 thanks to a cooperation agreement between ANISN (the Italian National Association of Natural Sciences Teachers) and the University of Naples Federico II. Since the 2020 - 2023 cycle, the partnership grew with the inclusion of IFOM (FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology), IBBR (Bioscience and Bioresources Institue of the CNR), LSS (Experimental Sciene Laboratory in Foligno) and the Society of Naturalists. ABE site Italy takes advantage of international cooperation with a consolidated network of 20 similar ABE sites that are active in 3 continents in prestigious institutions...

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Target:

High school Science teachers from Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Basilicata, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Sicily.

The international training course will be in English. Attendees will come from 18 different countries out of 3 continents. It will include 5 synchronous 90-minute meetings from September 28th to October 2nd. It is primarily intended for teacher who have never taken part to the ABE Italy program or to veteran ABE Italy teachers. The program will include ABE laboratory simulations on LabXchange...

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LabXchange

 

LabXchange is offering a series of 1-hour webinars to introduce the platform and how it can be useful for distance teaching and learning. These workshops will involve:

       • Learning to use LabXchange to create a differentiated, student-centered learning experience...

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The ABE site Italy has been recently featured in a few articles:

       •  The experience of Italian schools with COVID-19 and distance learning, as well as their involvement with LabXchange, ...

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The ABE online course "Responding to a Mystery Illness" is available on the LabXchange platform!

You can sign up to the course using the class code 537DF0 at https://www.labxchange.org/dashboard/learner/classes (a free account is required).

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On Wednesday, June 10th 2020, join us and our colleagues at LabXchange in an international STEM shutdown in support of the Black Lives Matter movement (https://www.shutdownstem.com/).

In the words of Robert Lue, Faculty Director and Principal Investigator at LabXchange: "It now sits with all of us to not let hate and injustice fade into the background of the everyday as is so often the case, but rather hold it close as an impetus to push harder against these forces in our important work together."

 

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The current Italian situation with COVID-19 changes very quickly, and schools have had to move to distance teaching platforms in order to continue their educational mission. In spite of these difficulties, the community of ABE teachers is keeps going on stronger than ever!

We show in this page some of the works about COVID-19 that ABE students have developed, using the resources provided by LabXchange and working individually or as a group.

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The international and national community of the ABE program, aware of the importance of the changes that distance teaching and learning imposes now that schools are closed, has created this newsletter with the goal of offering resources and tools to support teachers and students, hoping that it can be of help.

 

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LabXchange

The Amgen Foundation and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University have launched an online science education platform called LabXchange, which allows its users to compile customized "pathways" of content to suit their learning styles and objectives.

During development of the platform, LabXchange worked with a group of ABE teachers in order to provide a collection of pathways inspired by the the ABE curriculum.

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LabXchange

The Amgen Foundation and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University have launched the LabXchange platform, which provides its users with personalized instruction, virtual lab experiences and networking with the global scientific community, free of charge.

The platform can be accessed from https://www.labxchange.org/; an account is required, which can be created for free by anyone over the age of 13.

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Anna Pascucci and Alain Bessis

The ABE project is jump-starting a series of intercultural exchanges between Italy and France.

The process was started by the directors of the ABE sites Italy (Anna Pascucci) and France (Alain Bessis), who visited each other's country's ABE site in order to experience and uderstand how the ABE project is implemented in different realities.

According to Alain Bessis, the exchange between students and teachers from different countries is fundamental: "It could open up entirely new views of science".

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Fiera didacta

The ABE program was exposed at Fiera Didacta Italia (Florence, Fortezza da Basso) on October, 10th 2019.

Serena Goracci (Indire researcher), Anna Pascucci (ANISN vice-president and ABE site Italy director) and Valentina Noviello (ABE site Italy staff) presented the activies that ANISN - National Association of Natural Science Teachers is undertaking to introduce the program in Italian schools, through teacher formation events, didactic tools, research materials and equipment.

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Registrations are open for the free Amgen Biotech Experience training course by ABE Site Italy, organized by ANISN together with the University of Naples Federico II and the Laboratory for Experimental Sciences of Foligno.

1st level course for new teachers

  • Training course in Naples, at the Biology department of the University of Naples, January 7th - 10th 2020, aimed at secondary school science teachers from Campania, Basilicata, Molise, Apulia, Sicily.

Course ID 35999

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Locandina convegno ABE presso l'Università di Napoli Federico II

The art of teaching to ignite the passion for Science

Biotechnology at school with inquiry-based learning

On September 23rd, 2019 the Sala Azzurra of the Monte S. Angelo complex of the University of Naples Federico II hosted the ABE Convention "The art of teaching to ignite the passion for Science - Biotechnology at school with inquiry-based learning".

The event featured personalities from the University of Naples Federico II, the AMGEN Foundation and the ABE project, together with international guests from the United States, France and Israel.

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Here is the press review of the ABE event at the Open Day of Istituto Superiore Pitagora in Pozzuoli (for further information: http://abe.anisn.it/en/whatis/news/#5)!

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Gli studenti in laboratorio per l'Amgen Biotech Experience

 

An Open Day to present the experience of students and teachers involved in the ABE programme took place on May 29th, 2019, in Pozzuoli (NA), at the Istituto Superiore Statale Pitagora.

Speakers included Maria Luce Vegna, Medical Director of Amgen Italy, who talked about the mission of the Amgen Foundation, and Anna Pascucci, President of ANISN and Director of the ABE site Italy, who stressed the enthusiasm shown by students and teachers involved in the programme.

For more information about the event, about ABE site Italy and the Amgen Foundation (in Italian): https://www.amgen.it/it-it/sala-stampa/featured-news/2019/05/scienziati-si-diventa/

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From the 11th to the 14th of February, 2019 the Amgen Biotech Experience on-site training course has taken place at the ABE satellite site in Foligno (PG). It was aimed at Secondary School teachers, and it was organized by the ABE site Italy of the National Association of Natural Sciences Teachers - ANISN and the Department of Biology of the University of Naples "Federico II", in partnership with the ABE site Massachusets at Harvard Universiy.

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From the 14th to the 17th of January, 2019 the Amgen Biotech Experience training course will take place in Naples. It is aimed at Secondary School teachers, and it is organized by the ABE site Italy of the National Association of Natural Sciences Teachers - ANISN and the Department of Biology of the University of Naples "Federico II", in partnership with the ABE site Massachusets at Harvard Universiy.

The course aims to

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ABE site Italy satellite centre in Foligno launch event poster

The launch event for the ABE site Italy satellite centre in Foligno will take place on November 9th, 2018, at 15:00.

For this occasion, the "Laboratorio di Scienze Sperimentali" in Foligno will host Pierluigi Mingarelli (director of the Laboratorio), Silvano Tagliagambe (science philosopher), Anna Pascucci (ABE site Italy director and ANISN president) and Luigina Renzi (director of the ABE site Italy satellite centre in Foligno and ANISN Umbria president)

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Registrations for the Amgen Biotech Experience training course organised by the ABE Site Italy are open.

The first training course, which will be held in Naples, Department of Biology, University of Naples, from the 14th to the 18th of January 2019, is targeted at secondary school Science teachers from Campania, Basilicata, Molise and Apulia, and its ID on the SOFIA platform is 20366.

The second training course will be held in Foligno, Experimental Sciences Laboratory, from the 11th to the 14th of February 2019, and is targeted at secondary school Science teachers from Umbria, Abruzzo, Marche and Lazio; its ID on the SOFIA platform is 20445.

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ABE site Italy Launch event poster

Naples, 6 november 2017 – To let students and teachers experience real science, bringing in high school classrooms "practical" science education through the creation of biotech laboratories, which in the last decades have been instrumental for advancements in medical sciences and therapeutic innovation for many serious illnesses: this is the aim of Amgen Biotech experience - ABE by Amgen Foundation, which has been bringing forward this initiative for more than 30 years in the United States and has now extended the program also to China, Canada, Australia, Singapore and some European countries, including Italy. ABE is an internation program for experimental education about Biotechnologies and methodological innovation based on IBSE (Inquiry Based Science Education), and it's targeted for high school students and science teachers

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