Local high school students benefiting from STEM program

Instead of learning from textbooks, McKinley Technology High School students are getting a hands-on STEM experience.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Earlier this week, President Trump announced  $200 million each year for STEM education, or science, technology, engineering and math fields.

One local D.C. school has already taken their STEM education to the next level, and they say it is the gift that keeps on giving.

Thanks to an international program called Amgen Biotech Experience, instead of learning from textbooks, McKinley Technology High School students are getting a hands-on experience using equipment usually only found in a science lab.

According to its website, Amgen Biotech Experience is an innovative science education program that provides teacher professional development, teaching materials, and research-grade equipment and supplies to secondary schools. It is funded by the Amgen Foundation.

D.C. students say it's opening their eyes to the benefits of STEM jobs in the future.

"It shows me real life experiences," said Emonie Knott, high school student at McKinley High School.

Over the next three years, the Amgen Biotech Foundation will invest an additional $10.5 million in ABE to engage nearly 300,000 students, adding to the 600,000 students who have already participated in ABE.

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