PLTW Biomedical Sciences
GCPS is excited to offer a new program through Project Lead the Way. The four course BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES sequence is designed for students who are interested in careers in health, medicine, or science. The sequence of courses begins with Principles of Biomedical Science followed by Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and culiminates with the capstone course of Biomedical Innovations. The foundation course of PBS (Principles) is being offered this year for the first time in the spring semester at both high schools.
The course offers students the opportunity to participate in many group and project-based activities built upon rich content and meaningful research.
For more information about this course, please visit the following site: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/biomedical-science.
Principles of Biomedical Sciences-M
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.
Human Body Systems-M
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 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 opprotunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.
For more information about PLTW, please visit https://www.pltw.org/.
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