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December 6th-Counselors Conference

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ChemExpo 2016

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HASPI Conference-October 20th

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ABE Implementation Assistance

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ABE Volunteers are available to assist you in the classroom during the school year. They are all fully ABE trained and have completed background checks through the San Diego County Office of Education. In addition, they love to share their research experience and career path with your students. Please contact me at: to contact a volunteer and schedule a visit.

Here is an example of Sam’s experience in the classroom:

“Working with Trudy (LSSI ABE Teacher), it was obvious that the students were really enthusiastic about the labs. ABE provides amazing materials that are accessible to both students and teachers– the toughest aspect of the labs is making sure you’re efficient enough to get things done in time. 

It would take forever to go through each lab and nitpick how every minute of time is spent, but here’s an example:

In laboratory 5, they provide a flowchart (page 137 in the Teacher Guide). About half way down, they say to keep P- and P+ tubes on ice for 15 minutes and then label LB, LB/Amp, and LB/amp/ara plates. First, the P- and P+ tubes would be fine if they were kept on ice for just 5 minutes. Second, plates can be labeled by students while they are waiting for their tubes to sit. There is another incubation period later in the protocol, and the same rules apply. 

In addition, the plates don’t need to be placed at 37 degrees for 24 hours if a teacher does not have an incubator. They can actually be placed at room temp for ~3-4 days and it should yield the same results. Plates with colonies can always be left at 4 degrees. They’re good for months. 

I’m more than happy to nitpick labs 1 on 1 with teachers. As I mentioned, they are always welcome to email me and we can set up a time to talk about how they can cut down on wait time for whatever lab they plan to do, and make small changes that will allow them to complete the labs even if their classroom setup or resources are less than ideal. This may allow them to do a lab they thought they couldn’t do otherwise.”

MiniOne System-Free PD Training

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Southern California Biotechnology Center (SCBC) and the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) will be hosting a free PCR workshop (morning session) and a Foodborne Outbreak Investigation training (afternoon session) on Saturday, September 24th 9-4 p.m.  Both workshops will use the MiniOne System. Come for one or both sessions for more labs that complement the Amgen Biotech Experience. For example, you may want to implement Amgen Lab 1 with the MiniOne System- attending one of the sessions would be a great way to familiarize yourself with the equipment.

Sign-up at: and let us know which training session you would like to attend.

Additional Information:


San Diego Miramar College, Science Building S5-102

10440 Black Mountain Road

San Diego, CA



Morning Session (9am start time)

1) PCR featuring MiniOne System*

2) SCBC/Amgen Biotech Experience Updates

Lunch 12-1pm

Afternoon Session (1pm start time)

1) Foodborne Outbreak Investigation: Bad Food at a Good Party*

2) Analyzing PCR Results

Please note while free training will be provided there is a fee for implementing the PCR and Foodborne Outbreak Labs with your students.

$50 per class of 40 students for the PCR consumables

$120 fee per class (10 groups of students) for the Foodborne Outbreak Investigation


Careers in Biotechnology-CA Community Colleges

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Learn more about job opportunities in biotechnology through the CA Community Colleges.

Sept. 24 FREE Salk DNA Kit Workshop

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DNA Activity Kit Training on September 24th at San Diego Miramar College.

Morning and Afternoon sessions available.

Email to reserve your spot. Limited spots available.

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Oct. 8th-“WhoDunnit” Forensic Lab Workshop

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Receive training on Amgen Biotech Experience (ABE) Lab 1 with a forensic twist. The “WhoDunnit” 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. To sign-up email: Erika Arangure at

At this workshop you will learn:

1) Learn new lab curriculum using biotechnology tools to solve a crime

2) Receive free reagents and check out the required equipment from Grossmont College

3) Collaborate with teachers from all around SD County

Location: MiraCosta College, Oceanside CA

Date: October 8, 2016

Time: 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m.


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2016 Biotech Workshops for Teachers

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Calendar of Upcoming Teacher Workshops
July 6-14, 2016
LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program, Miramar College
Community College and High School Science Teachers will be trained on the Amgen Biotech Experience curriculum. Summer cohort is full.


August 13, 2016
LSSI Alumni Workshop, Miramar College
Open to previously trained LSSI teachers. Workshop will include an review of the Amgen Biotech Curriculum, share best practices, and open lab session. Spots still available

August 15, 2016

Industry Visit to J Craig Venter Institute

Open to all previously trained LSSI teachers.  Visit will include a tour of the facility and hands-on workshop with Dr. Sujal Phadke. Workshop will teach the Avida-Ed software that can be used to teach biology evolution and the scientific method. Spots still available

September 10, 2016    
WhoDunnit Lab Workshop, Grossmont College 
Learn new lab curriculum using biotechnology tools to solve a crime. Spots still available

September 24, 2016      
LSSI Alumni Workshop, Location TBD
Open to previously trained LSSI teachers. Workshop will include an review of the Amgen Biotech Curriculum, share best practices, and open lab session. Spots still available

October 8, 2016    
WhoDunnit Lab Workshop, Miracosta College
Learn new lab curriculum using biotechnology tools to solve a crime. Spots still available

To RSVP for a workshop, please contact Erika Aranguré,

2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program

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Application now open for the 2016 LSSI-Amgen Teacher Program.

Program dates: July 6-14, 2016 at San Diego Miramar College

Deadline to apply: April 15, 2016

Apply here: 


Key Program Features:

  • $500 one-time stipend for implementation of one or more labs in a classroom located within San Diego County during the 2016-2017 academic school year. Teachers may use of the following LSSI-Amgen Distribution Centers: San Diego Miramar College, Mira Costa College, or Mt. San Jacinto College.

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Option to purchase continuing education units from Cal State San Marcos Extended


  • Visit biotechnology companies and interact with science professionals.
  • Receive on-going support for curriculum implementation, including loaner equipment and supplies.
  • Learn first-hand biotech techniques that are being used by scientists in the field of biotechnology using the Amgen Biotech Experience (A.B.E.) Curriculum (
  • Must be teaching lab-based courses in the biological, chemical, or physical sciences at a public or private high school or community college within San Diego County.
  • Must be able to provide their own transportation each day of the program.
  • Must agree to implement new A.B.E curriculum in their classroom during the approaching school year and in subsequent years with the support of supplies, equipment, and program staff from Southern California Biotechnology Center.