WALTHAM, MA | November 7, 2013
EDC has been named the Program Office for the Amgen Foundation’s Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program that provides a real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high school students. EDC will support the program and facilitate its continued development in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Cutbacks in educational funding have led to limited resources for hands-on scientific experiences, yet the National Academies’ National Research Council has shown a significant connection between strong lab experiences and teachers’ abilities to generate student interest in science. The Amgen Biotech Experience (formerly known as the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program) seeks to make this connection in secondary school classrooms by introducing students to contemporary science techniques—including hands-on curriculum, research-grade equipment, and comprehensive teacher training.
Drawing upon its experience in designing and delivering quality science education programs, EDC will begin this year to establish the Program Office for the Amgen Biotech Experience.
“EDC has been a leader in science education, working with educators and students to make science come alive in the classroom,” said EDC Senior Vice President Joanne Brady. “We look forward to working with the Amgen Foundation on this program, and finding ways together to encourage students to pursue a future in science-related fields.”
In 2013, the Amgen Foundation provided grants to community colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations that serve as Program Sites for the Amgen Biotech Experience in the United States, including Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom. To date, the Amgen Biotech Experience has reached more than 300,000 students.
“The success of the Amgen Biotech Experience is due in large part to the grantees in our communities,” said Jean Lim Terra, president of the Amgen Foundation. “The collaboration with undergraduate institutions and nonprofit organizations helps give students real-world, hands-on lab experience to introduce them to the excitement of biotechnology and scientific discovery.”
To learn more, visit www.amgenbiotechexperience.com.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that creates learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit www.edc.org.