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Save the Date-Upcoming ABE Workshops

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LSSI Alumni Workshop and NGSS Discussion

Saturday, December 5, 2015 at San Diego Workforce Partnership


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The Amgen Program Office will be in California conducting focus groups that will help them gain insight about teacher’s knowledge and implementation of the NGSS as well as what resources will be helpful to them. The San Diego site was selected as a target audience and we will be hosting this session at San Diego Workforce Partnership’s office.

A $25 gift card will be provided for your participation and feedback. Lunch will also be provided.

LSSI “Whodunit” Introductory Workshop

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Miracosta College


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Receive training on ABE lab 1 with a forensic twist. The Who Done it Workshop is for new teachers looking to expand their science curriculum to hands-on biotechnology techniques.  Lab 1 focuses on micropipetting and gel electrophoresis. An overview of the lab series will be provided as well as information on the full ABE professional development institute held during the summer.

LSSI Alumni Workshop

Saturday, January 30, 2016


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Come and meet with past LSSI alumni teachers and receive an overview of the Amgen Biotech Experience labs 1-6.  Lunch will be provided.

Life Sciences Summer Institute Teacher hosts Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA)

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On Monday, February 24th, Mira Mesa High School Teacher Lisa Yoneda hosted Congressman Scott Peters (D-CA) to demonstrate the Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE).

The ABE, designed by Amgen scientists and educators provides a hands-on real world experience for students using research-grade equipment to run the labs that incorporate core technologies used by the biotech industry in the discovery of human therapeutics.  ABE is the curriculum used during the 12-day Life Sciences Summer Institute for teachers.

Mrs. Yoneda’s classroom provided Representative Peters with the unique opportunity to shadow students as they ran through the ABE lab series.

The equipment and supplies are made possible by support of the Amgen Foundation.  Science teachers go through the 12-day summer institute and are then eligible to receive equipment and supplies to support the implementation of ABE in their science classrooms.Image


For more information, please contact Erika Arangure, BIOTECH@WORKFORCE.ORG

12-day Teacher Program Applications now being accepted!

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To apply to the program, please request an application using the form below.  You can also email Erika Arangure at

Program Dates: July 10-July 25, 2014

Application Deadline: March 29, 2014


First Forensic Workshop of the year-Success!

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On Saturday, January 11th the Life Sciences Summer Institute (LSSI) team held their 1st Forensic workshop on the year.  Twelve teachers attended the training at San Diego Miramar College and received hands-on training on the “Who Done It” lab and introduction to the Amgen Biotech Experience.

If you haven’t had a chance to attend, the next training is: Saturday, February 22, 2014 9-12pm.

To reserve a spot, email Erika,

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Quotes from Teacher Participants:

“Excellent job. Loved being able to “do” the lab and appreciate the food and relaxed atmosphere! Thank you!”

-Teacher at The Rock Academy

“I am a chemistry teacher usually now teaching a Forensic class with limited bio gel running experience so this was great!  Thank you for letting us make the gel. I know I can do this in my class.”

-Teacher at Eastlake High School