BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES CONFERENCE OCTOBER 2011 WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY Judith D’Amico Director, Western Region firstname.lastname@example.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™ 9 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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