USA Science and Engineering Festival: The Blog

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Amgen, a leader in biotechnology, and the Amgen Foundation are committed to supporting science education programs and are proud to be a sponsor of the USA Science & Engineering Festival to further encourage bright young minds to explore a future in science and strengthen science literacy.

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Jean L. Lim, President, Amgen Foundation

“Amgen applauds the Festival for bringing together leaders in science education to create an exciting educational event for students and the community,” said Jean J. Lim, president of the Amgen Foundation. “The Festival can leverage the passion and expertise of industry, nonprofits and STEM organizations to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

The Amgen Foundation partners with leading education institutions and nonprofit organizations to develop replicable and scalable programs that advance science education through pivotal, hands-on science experiences for students and meaningful professional development opportunities for teachers. Two examples of Amgen Foundation programs aimed at hands-on experiences and teacher development include the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program and the Special Biotechnology Collection available on Teachers’ Domain.

Over the past 20 years, the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Program has provided teachers with a hands-on, inquiry-based, molecular biology curriculum, in addition to a full suite of transportable, research-grade equipment and supplies, at no cost to participating schools. Science teachers administer the program in over 150 high schools across California, Colorado, Rhode Island, Washington and Puerto Rico. The three-week program has exposed hundreds of teachers and more than 125,000 students to the fundamentals of biotechnology and the excitement of scientific discovery.

On another front, Amgen Foundation is working to enhance science education broadcasting with public media powerhouse WGBH. Funded by a grant from the Amgen Foundation, the WGBH Educational Foundation has launched a new biotechnology digital media collection for the classroom on Teachers’ Domain, the public broadcasters’ free, online resource for teachers and students. These extraordinary digital media resources – along with a new online professional development course for teachers – are designed to deepen the teaching and learning of biotechnology in schools throughout the nation.