Students doing an experiment in a lab

Amgen Biotech Experience Australia

Ideal for Year 12 students, though can be run for Year 9 and above

Empowering teachers to bring real-world biotechnology into their classroom, complete with extensive lesson plans and research-grade equipment loans.

The Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) is a philanthropically funded program run in hundreds of schools all over the world. ABE provides teacher professional development, curriculum materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. The program features a hands-on molecular biology curriculum designed to introduce students to the excitement of scientific discovery and aligns with the NSW HSC syllabus. 

The program includes:

  • professional development training days for teachers to host this program in-school
  • three-week lending period of specialised equipment and reagents for up to four classes of 24 students
  • a suite of experiments and lesson plans to pick-and-mix
  • access to online teaching resources and simulations
  • friendly support from experienced staff and lab technicians through the whole program.

Things to consider before applying for this program:

  • To participate in the program, the school must have teachers attend the two-day professional learning program (held early and mid-year). Cost is free.
  • Schools must also be prepared to physically pick-up and drop-off the equipment to the University of Sydney.
Places in this program are very limited and each school’s application will be considered individually and will depend on equipment loan availability.