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Scientific Discovery for the Classroom

Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE)

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ABE is an innovative science education program that helps teachers build bridges between school and the real-life biosciences. Teachers develop knowledge and confidence in cutting-edge biotechnology through blended professional learning, access to new technologies and concepts, curated classroom resources, and connections with industry experts, thought leaders, and other teachers like themselves.
ABE provides a robust and authentic hands-on experience for my students...I am extremely thankful for the resources, curriculum and teacher support which allow me to engage and inspire so many

Jocelyn White, ABE Teacher, Ventura County, CA (USA)

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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Rebecca Lewis on March 17th, 2021
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Innovation Overview

TEACHERS
Target Group
850 000
Children/Users
15
Countries
1990
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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Updated on July 26th, 2021
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Why did you create this innovation?

The cutting-edge science found in industry is often far beyond what teachers have been trained in. In addition, the fast-paced and ever-changing landscape of molecular biology makes it difficult for teachers to implement this content in the classroom. ABE supports science by providing opportunities for teachers to understand advances in the field and bring this content to students.

How does your innovation work in practice?

ABE provides teachers with curriculum, professional learning, and the loan of research-grade equipment to bring biotechnology learning to their students, all at no cost. ABE professional learning increases teachers’ capacity to implement ABE effectively, while growing their leadership capacity as science educators. To support ABE’s global teacher community, teacher learning resources are versatile: professional learning may be accessed online, in person, or in a blended package to expand reach and scale and allow greater flexibility in use. Through customizable blended learning modules, teachers gain an understanding of the structure, key concepts, and central lab techniques of the ABE curriculum; the content and skills in each lab; supports for student inquiry; and connections to cutting-edge technologies and discoveries, as well as access to a vibrant community of practice. Students gain an understanding of key biology concepts as well as real-world biotech applications and careers.

How has it been spreading?

From its humble beginnings, in which Amgen scientists worked with teachers to bring biotech to classrooms in their local area, the program has evolved into its current form: a thriving and dynamic international science education collaborative. ABE has served over 750,000 students and over 1,700 teachers to date; the program operates in 22 program sites across 13 countries, serving more than 1,500 teachers and 90,000 students each year. The ABE community develops and shares just-in-time learning resources as well as locally-developed materials and ideas, while ensuring they are accessible, high quality, and support learning outcomes. By design, ABE’s unique model builds a vibrant science education community of practice where teachers can learn from one another.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

ABE is available in select communities. Interested teachers can contact their local program site, and then register to attend a training, which is required before they can borrow the ABE equipment. However, all teachers have access to the ABE curriculum and resources on our website, as well as a set of relevant assets on LabXchange: https://www.labxchange.org/library/clusters/lx-cluster:abe.

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Achievements & Awards

March 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
February 2015
Selected by STEMworks as a highly-effective STEM education program
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ABE Curriculum and Resources
ABE offers many different types of teaching and learning resources that can be used to teach biology and biotechnology in secondary school settings.
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ABE Classroom-based Investigations
These investigations engage students in exploring biology and biotechnology content with hands-on activities in the classroom. These materials can be carried out in regular classrooms, though they do involve hands-on activities and require the use of easily available materials.
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ABE Web-based Investigations
ABE’s Web-based investigations are designed to allow students to explore biotechnology content online in a self-paced fashion. Educators can use these resources to supplement or extend biotechnology content.
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