PROJECT LEAD THE WAY (PLTW) - BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE
PRINCIPLES OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE In this course, students explore concepts of biology and medicine as they take on roles of different medical professionals to solve real-world problems. Over the course of the year, students are challenged in various scenarios including investigating a crime scene to solve a mystery, diagnosing and proposing treatment to patients in a family medical practice, to tracking down and containing a medical outbreak at a local hospital, stabilizing a patient during an emergency, and collaborating with others to design solutions to local and global medical problems. See course outline below.
This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting “hands-on” projects and problems. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and an introduction to bio-informatics. Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious disease. A theme through the course is to determine the factors responsible for the death. The students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. Key biological concepts include the following: homeostasis, metabolism, inheritance of traits, feedback systems, and defense against disease. Engineering principles including the design process, feedback loops, and the relationship of structure to function are incorporated in the curriculum where appropriate. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses. This course is taken concurrently with PLTW Human Body Systems. Two-block, one-year, two-credit course for grades 11-12
HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. See course outline below.
Students will engage in the study of the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. Important concepts in the course include the following: communication, transport of substances, locomotion, metabolic processes, defense, and protection. The central theme is how the body systems will be studied as “parts of a whole,” working together to keep the amazing human machine functioning at an optimal level. Students will design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiratory operation. Students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of the biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. This course is taken concurrently with PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science. Two-block, one-year, two-credit course for grades 11-12
Medical Interventions Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. These interventions are showcased across generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical science. Prerequisites: Completion of prior PLTW Biomedical classes PBS and HBS with a 70% or better and HBS End of Course exam scores of 3 or better. $20 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues.
Biomedical Innovation In this capstone course, students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or to solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovation solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. Prerequisites: Prior PLTW Biomedical classes and/or Anatomy and Physiology, as well as a Medical Intervention grade of 70% or better and MI ENd of Course exam score of 3 or better. $20 fee for lab coat, safety glasses and membership dues.