Learning and Growing by Investigating Medical Mysteries
Working with the same equipment and tools used by lab professionals, PLTW Biomedical Science students are empowered to explore and find solutions to some of today’s most pressing medical challenges. Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals and investigate topics including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions, and in the process, learn in-demand, transferable skills like critical thinking and communication.
Principals of Biomedical Science
Human Body Systems
In the introductory course of the PLTW Biomedical Science program, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. While investigating the case, students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. 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.
Students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students explore how to detect and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; evaluate cancer treatment options; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through realworld cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. They have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.
Best Practices for PLTW Biomedical Science Success
The strongest PLTW Biomedical Science programs generally focus on key student-focused priorities that you may want to keep in mind as you implement your program. These thriving programs tend to provide access to a variety of PLTW Biomedical Science courses to students at all grade levels, ensuring every student gets to experience PLTW. In most strong PLTW Biomedical Science programs, several teachers are trained and are actively engaged in the program and focused on student engagement and achievement. In addition, strong PLTW Biomedical Science programs typically have strong champions in their district and school leaders.
Building a Strong Foundation for College and Career
By immersing students in activities like practicing suturing and constructing body structures from clay, PLTW Biomedical Science empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration.
Life After Collins
High school students who succesfully complete this program will have the credentials and experience to work in an entry level possiton in HVAC installation and maintenance, electricity, and commercial and residential maintenance.
The prepare youth and adults to enter, compete and advance in an ever changing world of work.