Distance Learning Resources
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parents, teachers and students are facing new challenges in a distance learning environment and are exploring creative ways to bring novel education approaches directly to their homes. Life science companies and its partners recognize this challenge.
Companies are stepping up by applying its scientific expertise to find ways to diagnose, treat and prevent COVID-19 while providing students with online learning opportunities that aim to help the entire education community stay scientifically engaged.
The following initiatives are a snapshot of programs and free resources that teachers, schools, districts, parents and students can access to expand their STEM knowledge during this time of social distancing and at-home learning. Many of these programs are California-based or have operations located in the state.
Distance Learning Resources
Life ScienceXP provides online experiences that exposes, encourages, and deepens K-12 students’ interest and understanding of life science and life science-related careers. Life ScienceXP offers hands-on learning kits for each student, coupled with virtual lessons, and connections to industry professionals.
Illumina Genomic Discoveries empowers teachers and inspires students to unlock the power of genomics through genomics-focused professional development, real-world curriculum and industry connections. Using Illumina’s latest technologies, this comprehensive program allows teachers and students the opportunity to learn and connect with the world of genomics.
Virtual High School Internship Program creates or increases awareness of life science careers for high school students by providing industry experience, mentorship, and real, meaningful projects. The internships bring new ideas, technologies, and skills to assist students with their education and increase their exposure and understanding of career pathways in life science.
LabXchange: The Amgen Foundation partnered with Harvard University to launch LabXchange, a free online science education platform that provides educators anywhere access to instruction and virtual lab experiences that they can not only personalize but combine and incorporate with their lesson. By simulating key in-person labs and teaching techniques that were previously only available by being in the classroom, like using the latest technology to correct genetic defects, students can explore a wide range of scientific methods and continue to build their acumen in the sciences as if they were still in the classroom.
Khan Academy: The Amgen Foundation is also the founding biology partner of the Khan Academy, a leading, innovative educational technology platform with demonstrated power to shape and transform how students learn science for kindergarten through early college. The Khan Academy’s free biology lessons offer more than 300 videos, 80 exercise sets and 195 articles, reaching more than three million users each month.
Amgen Biotech Experience San Diego is a science education program that provides research-grade equipment, supplies, curriculum, and professional development to middle and high schools at no cost. On behalf of Amgen, The Biocom Institute partners with the Southern California Biotechnology Center at Miramar College (SCBC) to administer the Amgen Biotech Experience San Diego program.
Genomics 101: At Home: Illumina Foundation’s Genomics 101: ‘At Home’ shares a variety of topics like what DNA is, how does DNA make us different, where you can see genomics in the world around us, and hands-on experiments that can be done at home. Visit
DNA Decoded: Illumina Foundation offers genomics focused, Next Generation Science Standards-aligned lesson plans aim to support teachers and equip students with the power to unlock genomics and apply them to real-life problems of today and tomorrow.
Genomics Coloring Book: Illumina Foundation’s The Genomics Coloring Book helps students of all ages explore genomics in a fun approachable way, including crosswords, word searches, mazes and other games.
Exploring Careers in Genomics: Illumina Foundation creates career videos highlighting the diverse career opportunities in the field of genomics. These videos and cards provide a snapshot of in-demand roles at Illumina, including education requirements, average starting salary, and essential job skills that teachers can share with their students.
Science at Home: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayer launched Science at Home, a weekly series that features STEM educational resources for educators and parents to keep kids learning while staying at home.
Bayer Magazine: Bayer also offers the Bayer Magazine, featuring some fun science education content that can be used at home. It will feature weekly themed packages of articles, videos, activities, and experiments parents and your kids can do together.