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Students working in Project Lead the Way Course

The STEM (Biomedical Science) Pathway is designed to introduce high school students to the medical field and medical careers through real world problem solving experiences. The Academy utilizes the Project Lead the Way curriculum in which students will work in groups, complete projects, and apply critical thinking during project based situations. There are four sequential courses offered in the Biomedical Academy: Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS), Human Body Systems (HBS), Medical Interventions (MI), and Biomedical Innovations (BI). Throughout the Biomedical Academy students explore biomedical science concepts through laboratories, project based activities, and collaborative investigation. Students are allowed to design solutions to problems, experiments, mysteries, or cases of 21st Century issues. These topics include human body systems, heart disease, diabetes, nutrition, sickle cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, infectious diseases, human physiology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, DNA, cancer, immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. Students discover these concepts through labs such as heart dissection, blood typing, heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiogram measurements, microscope analysis, calorimetry, DNA electrophoresis, gram stain, zone of inhibition analysis, range of motion, lung capacity, reaction time, ELISA, bacterial conjugation, polymerase chain reaction, biofeedback therapy, prosthetic design, bacterial protein inoculation, protein purification, protein electrophoresis, simulated laparoscopic surgery, and suturing. In addition, students will design and execute biomedical research during the Biomedical Innovations class. Students also have interactions with real world biomedical professionals. These include researching various careers related to all biomedical sciences and healthcare fields, as well as discussions with field professionals, current graduate students, and pre-professional university advisors. Students also visit research labs and hospital.

For more information about Project Lead the Way click the link below.

http://www.pltw.org/

 

Course Sequence

Grade

Biomedical Science Pathway

10th

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

11th

Human Body Systems

12th

Medical Interventions

12th

Biomedical Innovations (optional)

 

 

 

Course Description

Principles of Biomedical Sciences

This is a one credit course. Students should also be enrolled in college preparatory math and science courses. This course provides an introduction to medical field careers and basic biomedical sciences through exciting "hands-on" projects and problems. It provides an overview of scientific knowledge needed for the subsequent courses. During the course, students work together with a variety of medical equipment to determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person. After pinpointing those factors, the students investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person's life. Student work involves the study of human medicine, research processes, and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Students explore health care science careers in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, medical research, physical therapy, dentistry, medical imaging, etc. Key biological concepts included in the curriculum are homeostasis, cardiovascular structure, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease.

Human Body Systems

This is a one credit course. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Principles of Biomedical Sciences class and instructor approval. During this course, students will study the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems. The focus of the class will be basic human physiology that shows how the body systems work together to keep the amazing human machine functioning. Thus, the central theme is how the body systems work together to maintain homeostasis and good health. Students will use "hands-on" activities to design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of body systems with clay manikins, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflexes, voluntary actions, respiratory operation, and walking gait. Also, students will work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Important concepts in the course include: communication, transport of substances, movement, metabolic processes, defense, and protection.

Medical Interventions

This is a one credit course. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Principles of Biomedical Sciences class, and Human Body Systems, and instructor approval. In the Medical Interventions course, students will investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. Thus, this course explores the design and development of various medical interventions, including vascular stents, DNA analysis, cancer treatment, cochlear implants, and prosthetic limbs. In addition, students review the history of organ transplants and gene therapy. Additionally, students will experience cutting-edge medical developments through current technology and scientific literature. Student projects investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care. Using 3D imaging, data acquisition software, and current scientific research, students will design a product that can be used as a medical intervention. This means that students will be able to apply scientific thinking and design for critical medical situations.

Biomedical Innovations

This is a one credit course. The prerequisite for this course is successful completion of the Principles of Biomedical Sciences class, and Human Body Systems, and instructor approval. During this course, students apply their knowledge and skills learned during high school to answer questions and solve problems related to biomedical sciences. In this capstone course, the students will research, develop, design, and execute an experiment. Students will be able to consult with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, physician's office, or some other industry. Students will be expected to present the experiment, results, and conclusions to several audiences.

For salaries in the various fields, click the links below:

Healthcare:
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/home.htm

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