The Biomedical Sciences program at the Career & Technology Center is an amazingly fun and dynamic two year program developed by Project Lead the Way, Inc. consisting of four semesters of interrelated courses. The goal of the program is to engage you in real world science projects that motivate you to LOVE science and prepare you for college and careers in science and medicine!
If you enroll in the PLTW Biomed program you will play the role of biomedical professionals and investigate and study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. You'll enjoy activities such as investigating the death of a fictional person, dissecting a sheep's heart and brain, pig kidney, cow eye and many other cool body organs! You will examine the structures and functions of the human body systems and how they depend on one another to make your body function at its optimal level. Get ready to participate as a member of a scientific or medical team to solve medical, scientific and forensic mysteries and explore how to prevent, diagnose and treat various diseases.
First Year Curriculum
- Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
- Human Body Systems
Second Year Curriculum
- Medical Intervention
- Biomedical Innovations
Principles of Biomedical Science
Investigate various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. Determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional person, and investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects introduce you to human physiology, medicine, and research processes.
Human Body Systems
Examine the interactions of human body systems as you explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration. Exploring science in action, you will build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the roles of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
Investigate a variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as you follow the life of a fictitious family. The course is a “How-To” manual for maintaining overall health and homeostasis in the body. Explore how to prevent and fight infection; screen and evaluate the code in human DNA; prevent, diagnose and treat cancer; and prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail. Through these scenarios, you are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.
Biomedical Innovations (Capstone course)
Design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. Work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. You will have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. Throughout the course, you will be expected to present their work to an audience of STEM professionals.
You will have the opportunity to apply in your junior year for prestigious, sought after internships at the National Cancer Institute on Fort Detrick and at the new Frederick National Laboratory site off campus. Internships in other medical areas may be pursued as well.
Shawn Hess, Ashley Babyak and Maria Hamscher, student interns at the National Cancer Institute, presenting their research projects at the 2013 NCI Spring Research Festival on Fort Detrick. Shawn is continuing his biomedical studies at Baltimore County Community College, Ashley is majoring in Biochemistry at Stevenson University (received the Presidential Scholarship) and Maria is a freshman studying pre-med at the University of Pittsburgh.
Graduates of this program are encouraged to go on to post-secondary education at a two or four year school in a science or health oriented program.
Mathematics, particularly algebra, and a strong life science background are recommended for success in this program.
Students who are accepted to the program are required to supply:
- Closed toed shoes (tennis shoes are acceptable) for lab (to be kept in a school locker)
- 3 inch binder, dividers
- Flash Drive
- Internet access at home
- Sincere desire to learn
- Positive attitude
For students/parents who are concerned about the ability to provide these items because of financial constraints, please contact the instructor regarding options
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