Principles of Biomedical Science
This course provides an introduction to the biomedical sciences through exciting hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases. They will determine the factors that led to the death of a fictional woman as they sequentially piece together evidence found in her medical history and her autopsy report. Students will investigate lifestyle choices and medical treatments that might have prolonged the woman’s life and demonstrate how the development of disease is related to changes in human body systems. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes and allow students to design experiments to solve problems. Key biological concepts including maintenance of homeostasis in the body, metabolism, inheritance of traits, and defense against disease are embedded in the curriculum. 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.
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.
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.
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, research institution, or other institution related to the topic within the surrounding communities.
(Above descriptions taken from Project Lead the Way)
End of Course Assessments
Plymouth students demonstrate profiency on End of Course Assessments.
End of Course assessments are online exams given at the end of Project Lead the Way high school courses. End of Course Assessments serve as an indicator of a student’s overall achievement in the course.
Project Lead the Way's assessment and curriculum experts collaborate with Project Lead the Way teachers and use industry best practices to develop and test End of Course assessments. New End of Course Assessments are validated through a multi-year process to ensure the accuracy of the assessments. They are also continuously updated to ensure validity and reliability.
The High School Achievement Award is given to Massachusetts Project Lead the Way high schools where at least 25 students earned a high enough qualifying score on an End of Course assessment to unlock the potential for college credit. Plymouth North and Plymouth South High Schools have earned this annual award since its inception in 2016. (Please note End of Course Assessments were not given in 2020.)
Plymouth students earned AP+PLTW Student Achievement from 2016-2020.
The College Board and Project Lead The Way (PLTW) partnered on AP+PLTW Student Acheivement to encourage student participation in science, technology, engineering, and math courses and to build their interest in degrees and careers related to these areas.
The main element of the partnership was a college and career pathway in biomedical science that incorporated both Advanced Placement and Project Lead the Way courses. Students who completed the requirements of this pathway were awarded AP+PLTW Student Achievement, a qualification that demonstrated to colleges and employers that the student is ready for advanced coursework and interested in careers in this discipline.
If a student completed three courses in this pathway and earned a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Exam(s) and a score of Proficient or higher on the Project Lead the Way End of Course Assessment(s), he/she earned AP+PLTW Student Achievement for this pathway. The pathway included one Advanced Placement course, one Project Lead the Way biomedical course, and a third course, either Advanced Placement or Project Lead the Way. The only course options in the biomedical pathway included:
Advanced Placement: Biology, Chemistry
Project Lead the Way: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions
AP+PLTW Student Achievement was awarded once a year in the fall for students' outstanding effort during the previous academic year. To be eligible students had to have submitted applications by the end of the eligible academic year. (Please note that the College Board and Project Lead The Way stopped awarding this acheivement in 2020.)