The sequence of high school courses, all aligned with appropriate national learning standards, in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program parallels the proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning of our Engineering program. Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to bioinformatics, including mapping and analyzing DNA. Through activities, such as dissecting a heart, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – often playing the role of biomedical professionals to solve mysteries. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century such as fighting cancer with nanotechnology.
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)
- Students investigate the human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They 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 students to human physiology, medicine, and research processes. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and lay the scientific foundation for subsequent courses.
This course uses the Edmodo online tool for calendar, assignments and grades. Each student will create an account. Parents may also use a unique parent code to monitor their student's progress. If you are a parent and are interested in this access, please send me an email.