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    tudents can earn 3 college credits per class for successful completion!  Many of our other courses also offer Articulated College Credit!


    Biomedical Sciences

    Project Lead the Way's Biomedical Sciences curriculum is a sequence of courses, which follows a proven hands-on, real-world, problem-solving approach to learning. Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to topics such as physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. Through activities, like dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions to the health challenges of the 21st century such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology.


    PLTW Honors Principles of the 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.


    PLTW Honors 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.

    PLTW Honors 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.

    PLTW Honors Biomedical Innovation
    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.


    Computer Skills for Biomed and Engineering (taken in 9th grade)

    Students will strengthen their word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphic, and presentation skills while learning Microsoft Office.  Students will also be exposed to computer programming.  This course is hands-on and self-directed.  Skills learned in this course will be utilized throughout the Biomedical Sciences program and beyond.

    Honors Physical Science 9 Biomed (taken in 9th Grade)
    Through this science course, students will study basic concepts related to force, motion, and energy, structure of matter, applying understandings about matter and energy to earth systems, radioactivity, and the history of science.  Students will complete a medical related research project.  This course will prepare Biomed students for advanced science classes, lab work, and group activities.  

    Medical Terminology and Careers (taken in 10th grade)
    To compliment the PLTW Human Body Systems course, students will take Medical Terminology and Careers to develop medical vocabulary.   Skills learned in this course will be valuable for life!  Students can earn articulated college credit through this course!  

    Honors English 10 Biomed and Engineering (taken in 10th grade)
    Honors English with a Biomed and Engineering twist!  Students will study rhetorical analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literature and informational texts, and fiction and nonfiction.  Throughout the course, students will also work on their public speaking skills, as well as practice technical writing.  This course will build a connection between rhetoric and medicine and engineering, including medical and engineering text options and technical writing.


    Human Performance and Wellness (taken in 10th grade)
    Through the Human Performance and Wellness course, future health professionals will be exposed to the world where athletics meets academics.  Students will research training options after a thorough investigation of various abilities and health histories of participations.  This course utilizes hands on training equipment and body sensors to optimize health and wellness of all citizens.  This course replaces the Phy Ed II requirement.



    Engineering
    Project Lead the Way's Engineering curriculum in a sequence of courses, which follows proven hands-on, real-world, problem-solving approach to learning.  Throughout the program, students step into the varied roles engineers play in our society, discover new career paths and possibilities, and develop engineering knowledge and skills. In addition, as students work in teams to design and test solutions, they’re empowered develop in-demand, transportable skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.   


    PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design
    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is a high school level foundation course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In IED students are introduced to the engineering profession and a common approach to the solution of engineering problems, an engineering design process. Utilizing the activity-project-problem-based (APB) teaching and learning pedagogy, students will progress from completing structured activities to solving open-ended projects and problems that require them to develop planning, documentation, communication, and other professional skills. Through both individual and collaborative team activities, projects, and problems, students will solve problems as they practice common engineering design and development protocols such as project management and peer review. Students will develop skill in technical representation and documentation of design solutions according to accepted technical standards, and they will use current 3D design and modeling software to represent and communicate solutions. In addition, the development of computational methods that are commonly used in engineering problem solving, including statistical analysis and mathematical modeling, are emphasized. Ethical issues related to professional practice and product development are also presented.


    PLTW Principles of Engineering
    Principles of Engineering (POE) is a foundation course of the high school engineering pathway. This survey course exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology. Students have the opportunity to develop skills and understanding of course concepts through activity-, project-, and problem-based (APB) learning. By solving rigorous and relevant design problems using engineering and science concepts within a collaborative learning environment, APB learning challenges students to continually hone their interpersonal skills, creative abilities, and problem solving skills. Students will also learn how to document their work and communicate their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community. It also allows students to develop strategies to enable and direct their own learning, which is the ultimate goal of education.

    PLTW Engineering Design and Development (Capstone)
    Engineering Design and Development (EDD) is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students work in teams to design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process. Students will perform research to select, define, and justify a problem. After carefully defining the design requirements and creating multiple solution approaches, teams of students select an approach, create, and test their solution prototype. Student teams will present and defend their original solution to an outside panel. While progressing through the engineering design process, students will work closely with experts and will continually hone their organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, their creative and problem solving abilities, and their understanding of the design process. Engineering Design and Development is a high school level course that is appropriate for 12th grade students. Since the projects on which students work can vary with student interest and the curriculum focuses on problem solving, EDD is appropriate for students who are interested in any technical career path. EDD should be taken as the final capstone PLTW course since it requires application of the knowledge and skills introduced during the PLTW foundation courses.


    Computer Skills for Biomed and Engineering (taken in 9th grade)

    Students will strengthen their word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphic, and presentation skills while learning Microsoft Office.  Students will also be exposed to computer programming.  This course is hands-on and self-directed.  Skills learned in this course will be utilized throughout the Biomedical Sciences program and beyond.

    Honors Physics 9 (taken in 9th Grade)
    Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of concepts related to mechanics, fluids, thermodynamics, waves [sound and light], electricity, and magnetism.  Students will work in lab groups and complete research investivations.  

    Honors English 10 Biomed and Engineering (taken in 10th grade)
    Honors English with a Biomed and Engineering twist!  Students will study rhetorical analysis, interpretation and evaluation of literature and informational texts, and fiction and nonfiction.  Throughout the course, students will also work on their public speaking skills, as well as practice technical writing.  This course will build a connection between rhetoric and medicine and engineering, including medical and engineering text options and technical writing.

     

    If you have questions, please contact The Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Program Coordinators, Lana Rice and Kelly Beulke     Email: Lana.Rice@ahschools.us  |  Kelly.Beulke@ahschools.us     Phone: (763) 506-7359