Frequently Asked Questions
Who does the ABE-LA program serve?
The ABE-LA program serves teachers in the Greater LA area by providing them with training and access to the ABE curriculum and materials. Our curriculum is targeted toward high school students of all levels, but we also have many middle schools and colleges that participate in the program. Teachers usually use the program in life sciences classes (e.g., CP/Honors/AP biology, biotechnology), but we also have teachers who implement the ABE labs in other science classes, such as chemistry or environmental science.
Note: that we do not generally serve students directly. (Please see related FAQ below.)
I am a student (or the parent of a student) who is interested in participating in ABE. What can I do to get involved?
The ABE program normally serves students indirectly through their teachers. We do not currently have programs that directly teach the ABE labs to students. So the way for a student to do the ABE labs is to have a teacher who participates in our program. Feel free to speak to your teacher and encourage them to participate!
If your teacher does not want to participate in ABE but you are still interested in getting involved, please contact us, and we may be able to point you to other opportunities.
I am a teacher who is interested in participating in ABE. What should I do to participate?
The first and only step to becoming an "ABE teacher" is to attend one of our teacher training workshops that is open to new teachers. Due to high demand, interested teachers must apply to attend our workshops and are not automatically guaranteed the opportunity to participate.
Upcoming workshops and application links are posted on our "Workshops" page. You can also contact us to be placed on our interest list.
Once you are trained, you are officially an "ABE teacher," and you become eligible to sign up to borrow the materials you need to be able to implement the ABE labs in your classroom.
To be eligible to implement the ABE labs, you must: 1) teach middle school, high school, and/or college students in a subject related to the ABE curriculum (e.g., biology, chemistry, etc.); 2) have access to an appropriate facility for implementing the labs with your students (i.e., a lab classroom); 3) be located within driving distance of one of our four distribution centers and be willing to drive to a center to pick-up and drop-off materials. Note that we do not have funding to pay teachers to attend our workshops and cannot support teachers' travel expenses.
What is the service area for ABE-LA?
We have distribution centers (i.e., facilities where we prepare and store the lab materials that we distribute to teachers) located in Camarillo (at CSUCI), Pasadena (at Pasadena Bio), Woodland Hills (at Pierce College), and Fullerton (at Fullerton College). Teachers within driving distance of one of these centers can participate in our program. The exception is San Diego County, since those teachers should participate in the ABE-San Diego program.
Currently, we serve schools in the following counties: Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Tulare, Riverside, Kern, and Santa Barbara.