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Biomedical Sciences Academy

Teachers: Jamey Curlee & Aaron Nafziger

"The rigorous and relevant four-course PLTW Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future" (Project Lead the Way).

Biomedical Sciences is a broad field encompassing many different medical and health care disciplines. These include biochemistry, biomedical engineering, dentistry, forensics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, physiology, radiological sciences and more. The HTHS Biomedical Sciences Academy uses the nationally recognized Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum which gives students the academic foundation to enter any of these fields. The Biomedical Sciences Program is a sequence of four courses taken in progression:

Curriculum

Principles of Biomedical Sciences
"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" (Project Lead the Way).

Human Body Systems
"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" (Project Lead the Way).

Medical Interventions
"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 real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics" (Project Lead the Way).

Biomedical Innovations
"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" (Project Lead the Way).

HOSA

HTHS Biomedical Academy students participate in HOSA, a student organization for future health professionals. Students develop, practice and refine their technical, leadership and teamwork skills to achieve a seamless transition from education to career.

References
Project Lead the Way. PLTW: Biomedical Science. Indiana: Project Lead the Way, n.d. Print

 

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