Cumberland - Cumberland High School is poised to become just the second high school in Rhode Island to offer biomedical science classes to students.
"We're pleased that so many of our students are interested in the life sciences, technology and engineering," said CHS Principal Alan Tenreiro. "It is an exciting field. This new program is nationally recognized and will help our students get a step ahead of their peers when competing for college and careers related to our statewide economic priorities."
More than 27 students have signed up for the classes this fall.
Ponaganset High School is the only other Rhode Island school to offer the biomedical careers pathway program, and just three schools in Massachusetts offer the program, according to Dr. Carolyn Malstrom, senior director of school engagement for Project Lead The Way, Inc.
Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs. Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.
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.
Curriculum highlights include:
Principles of Biomedical Science
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.
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.
High school faculty will attend professional development training this summer, and the classes will begin this fall, school officials said. For more information, visit www.pltw.org