Amgen Biotech Experience
The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education program that empowers teachers to bring biotechnology into their classrooms. For nearly 30 years, ABE has empowered, mainly in USA, high school science teachers to implement real-world biotechnology labs in their classrooms to help their students better understand science and how it influences their daily lives. The three-week in-class lab initiative provides teachers with professional development, teaching materials and research-grade equipment to immerse students in the concepts and techniques scientists use to discover and develop medicines. Today, over 80,000 students and more than 1,000 science teachers participate annually in the Amgen Biotech Experience labs to explore the methods scientists use to create biotechnology medicines.
The ABE program has been launched in 2017 in nine new countries with the leadership of distinguished research institutions and leading education nonprofits: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Netherlands and Singapore. This expansion brings the program’s total reach to establish 18 ABE sites around the world.
ABE site Italy, established in 2017, is led by ANISN – National Association of Natural Science Teachers with a strong partnership with the University of Naples “Federico II”. ABE site Italy aims to create a site with systemic, multilevel, and dynamic architecture to train in service high school teachers through ABE professional development workshops, to support them in incorporating ABE labs into their curriculum developing expertise also in inquiry approach.
ABE site Italy cooperates with the excellence network of ABE sites in the world and more closely with ABE Massachusetts at Harvard University.
The Amgen Biotech Experience is supported by the Amgen Foundation, which is on a mission to help more students catch the science bug, by introducing them to the thrill of scientific discovery and the experiences of actual working scientists. "The critical thinking and problem-solving skills students gain from ABE are competencies that will serve them well throughout their lives – whether they are producing medicines in the lab or making informed decisions about healthcare. It’s no surprise that when students become fascinated by science, that enthusiasm can be contagious." (Scott Heimlich, Vice President, Amgen Foundation).
The program is coordinated by the Education Development Center (EDC), a global nonprofit organization that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity.
Furthermore, ANISN is the only european partner that has activated two programs together with the Amgen Foundation: in fact, in 2014/15 the Amgen Teach program was started, which supports science teachers across Europe by providing training workshops and distance-learning events that supply educators with the skills and confidence to transform the science classroom experience for students.