From July 9th to July 16th biology and chemistry teachers from all over San Diego county attended this 6-day program, their challenge – to learn the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) curriculum. The class was taught at San Diego Miramar College by Sharon Price, Dr. Gloria Bañuelos, Dr. Sandra Slivka and past LSSI ABE teacher alumni. The program certifies and gives teachers the necessary tools in order to facilitate the implementation of the curriculum into their classrooms. By introducing students to ABE with the relevant biotech lab techniques, curricula and tools, high school and middle school students are more likely to be interested in careers in scientific discovery.
Besides completing labs and interactive activities, teachers heard from Octavio Espinosa from BioSurplus, Inc. speak about his path through a biotechnology career. Teachers also participated in industry site visits to Pharmatek, Ballast Point and Pfizer in order to be informed on what working in a biotechnology lab is like as well as the interconnected career paths many scientists can take.
Pharmatek speakers included: Lisa Caralli, Amy Fager, Collin Burger, Jon Hendricks, Scott Stirn, Christine Obana, Jenn Samore, Roger Parks and Vivian Hansen.
Pfizer speakers included: Oleg Sten and Mike Greig.