Amgen Biotech Experience
Inspiring The Scientists of Tomorrow
The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is an innovative science education programme that introduces secondary school students to the excitement of scientific discovery. ABE provides secondary school teachers with the loan of research-grade equipment, supplies, curriculum and professional development at no cost.
The Amgen Biotech Experience began nearly 30 years ago through a unique collaboration of Amgen scientists and educators with a passion for sharing the joy of science and discovery. With the vision to bring the excitement of biotechnology to the fingertips of students, they developed a robust curriculum that is
now available in 22 regions across the globe.
The program is currently available in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, China, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan, Turkey and United States (Rhode Island, San Diego, Massachusetts, San Francisco, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Washington DC).
In 2013, the Amgen Foundation joined forces with Education Development Center, a global nonprofit organisation with deep experience and expertise in science education, to establish a Programme Office to support and strengthen the programme worldwide.
About ABE FRANCE
ABE France is led by the Department of Biology at L'Ecole Normale Supérieure. As part of the adaptation and implementation of the ABE program in France, professors of biology and biotechnology will attend ABE trainings in DNA manipulation and protein purification experiments at the ENS. They will then borrow the materials and reagents to train the students in their high schools. Through the ABE program, students will use modern biotechnology techniques and tools through genuine experiments, carried out daily in laboratories. They will understand their nature and potentialities, but also, they will discover the pleasure of manipulating, understand that these up-to-date techniques are accessible, and hopefully they may eventually pursue careers in the sciences.
ABE France collaborated with officers of the French Ministry of Education to adapt this programme to the French curriculum.