Mary Simun, Science Teacher, Redondo Union High School, California (USA)
Each time she rolls out the Amgen Biotech Experience for her Redondo Union High School biology students, Mary sees a total transformation in their excitement about science. "It’s phenomenal," Simun says. "Almost everything we teach in school is a history lesson. The Amgen Biotech Experience program is modern, current, and cutting edge. Micropipetters, gel electrophoresis – students love it. They’re exposed to a career field they can really get interested in."
It certainly inspired one of Simun’s more troubled students – one who, before the lab, was failing almost every subject. "The other day, she told me that she wants to be a nurse," Simun says with great pride. "That’s an impact that you cannot measure. This program is incredibly powerful."