Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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The SF/Bay Area ABE program serves teachers in all of the nine Bay Area counties. We are located at The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, CA. We serve teachers in all nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) and surrounding counties by special arrangement.

We provide our teachers with training and access to the ABE curriculum, lab equipment, and consumables. The curriculum is targeted toward high school students of all levels, and most of our teachers use the program in life science courses (e.g. biology (regular, AP, honors), biotechnology).

Please note that we do not serve students directly (see related FAQ below).

In order to be part of the ABE program you must attend one of our free teacher professional development workshops. Information on upcoming workshops and registration are posted on our “Workshops” page. To be added to our email list for program announcements, including notifications of new workshops as they are scheduled, please fill out the contact form

Once you successfully complete one of our workshops you are eligible to sign up and borrow the equipment and all consumables you need to be able to implement the ABE curriculum in your classroom, at no cost. 

To be eligible to implement the ABE labs, you must: 1) teach high school science (or other equivalent course) related to the ABE curriculum; 2) be willing to drive to Berkeley, CA to pick up and drop off materials. Please note that we do not have funding to pay teachers to attend our workshops or reimburse for travel expenses, but we are happy to provide a letter of attendance or other documentation if you have other means of reimbursement. 

The ABE program works directly with classroom teachers to provide the curriculum and materials to their students. We do not currently have programs to teach the ABE curriculum directly to students. Please feel free to speak to your (your child’s) teacher and have them contact us if they are interested in participating!