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									BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES CONFERENCE
         OCTOBER 2011
 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
             Judith D’Amico
       Director, Western Region
           jdamico@pltw.org
INTRODUCTION
STEM EDUCATION
   Innovation is only an
     interesting idea…
 until someone figures out
   how to implement it!
THE PLTW SYSTEMS APPROACH
Current Statistics PLTW:
 400,000+students,
 4200+ school sites, 4500+ programs
 50 states & District of Columbia,
 10,500 trained teachers/18,550 total credits granted
 35 Affiliate Universities/100 university relationships
 30% Annual Growth over last 5 years
   MIDDLE SCHOOL
    CURRICULUM:
GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY
Middle School Program
 Gateway To Technology


 GTT Foundation Units:
   Design and Modeling™
   Automation and Robotics™


 GTT Specialization Units:
   Energy and the Environment
   Flight and Space™
   The Science of Technology™
   The Magic of Electrons™
   *Green Architecture (2012-13)™
    HIGH SCHOOL
    CURRICULUM:
PATHWAY TO ENGINEERING
High School Program
Pathway to Engineering
Foundation Courses:
 Introduction to Engineering Design™
 Principles Of Engineering™

Specialization Courses:
 Aerospace Engineering™
   Biotechnical Engineering™
   Civil Engineering and Architecture™
   Computer Integrated Manufacturing™
   Digital Electronics™

Capstone Course:
 Engineering Design and Development™
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HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM:
  BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
       High School Program
         Biomedical Science
Principles of the Biomedical Sciences
 Students study research processes, human medicine
  and are introduced to bio-informatics
Human Body Systems
 Students study basic human physiology, especially
  in relationship to human health
Medical Interventions
 Students investigate various medical interventions
  that extend and improve quality of life, including
  gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics,
  rehabilitation, and supportive care
Biomedical Innovation/Capstone Course
 Students work with a mentor, identify a science
  research topic, conduct research, write a scientific
  paper, and defend team conclusions to a panel of
  outside reviewers
Why combine PLTW Biomedical and Engineering
into a single High School?….Both embed an
understanding of implementing effective systems!

 Biomedical Sciences      Engineering
   Design and build a        Pick a item
    pump                      Disassemble /
   Dissection                 measurements
                              Model
   Test their own hearts
                              Innovate/New
  – EKG, Heart Rate,
    Blood Rate

Students in both strands use the design
process to create, test and design.
PLTW OUTCOMES
                                                     Outstanding Outcomes

      PLTW High School Grads Are
       College and Career Ready
Survey of PLTW seniors finds that
• 92% intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher,
• 51% intend to pursue a graduate degree, and
• 70% intend to study engineering, technology, or
  computer science.
By comparison
• 67% of beginning postsecondary students intended to
  pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher as reported by
  the National Center for Education Statistics.
  These results are consistent with results and conclusions for the past
  two years. (True Outcomes – 2009)
AP Biology and PLTW Biomedical Sciences
Case Study: Wheaton High School, Maryland:
 More than half of the thirty six Biomedical students
  that took AP Biology in 2010 passed the College Board
  examination.*
 This is up from 3 of 13 participants earning a passing
  score in 2006. (BMS introduced in 2007).
 PLTW biomedical students perform at the advanced
  level on the HSA Biology assessment at a far greater
  percentage than the general student population; 41%
  compared with 16% in 2010 and 35% compared with
  8% in 2009.
 Enrollment in the Bioscience Academy has increased
  over the last five years from 24 students to 228
  students.
*Students take the AP Biology Exam at the end of their Sophomore year after completing the
first two years of BMS courses: Principles of Biomedical Science & Human Body Systems, as
well as a biology course and a modified AP biology course.
Stevenson University
College Credit

 Students at certified PLTW BMS
  schools are eligible to earn credit for
  BIO 113 General Biology I course

 Students must complete all four BMS
  courses with a total GPA of at least
  3.0 and no more than one grade of C.
Indiana University-
Purdue University Indianapolis

  IUPUI offers college credit for 100-level
   Biology, to any PLTW Biomedical high
   school student who applies and passes
   the national assessment at 80% or
   higher.


  The fee is $50 per credit hour for each of
   the 3-credit hour courses.
Missouri University of
Science & Technology
 New PLTW Initiative:
 Innovation Portal—iPortal
http://iportalpilot.weebly.com/index.html


To promote , expand and highlight
 original design work of students,
  To build a bridge between K-12
    and post-secondary efforts.

								
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