Project Lead The Way
Saint Joseph High School adopted the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science and Engineering programs in the 2016-2017 school year. It offers a rigorous science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum. PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. More than 5,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs to their students.
PLTW’s Biomedical Science program is a high school program that introduces students to medicine and human body systems, preparing them for careers in medical and health-related fields. The Biomedical Science program is a rigorous and relevant four-course sequence that allows students to play the roles of biomedical professionals as they investigate and study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person or dissecting a sheep’s heart, learning 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. Through Biomedical Science, students often have the opportunity to earn college credit, admissions preferences, or scholarships for completed PLTW courses.
PLTW Engineering provides all students with a track for success, whether they are interested in learning more about engineering, have decided to pursue it as a career, or simply want to learn to think critically, work collaboratively, and explore how math and science work in everyday life. Students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and use the same industry-leading technology and software as the world’s top companies. They investigate topics such as aerodynamics and astronautics, biological engineering and sustainability, and digital electronics and circuit design, giving them an opportunity to learn about various engineering disciplines before beginning post-secondary education or careers. Through the Engineering program, students often have the opportunity to earn college credit, admissions preferences, or scholarships for completed PLTW courses.
In addition to providing world-class STEM programs, PLTW provides ongoing, high-quality professional development training that equips teachers with the program content, academic framework, and instructive skills required to teach each PLTW course. PLTW schools also benefit from the organization’s engaged network of Fortune 500 companies, educators, and partners. School-based PLTW Partnership Teams complement the curriculum by recruiting local business and industry professionals to serve as mentors and share their real-world experiences with students.
“In today’s global economy, Americans are competing not just against each other but against their peers in countries like China and India,” said Vince Bertram, CEO of PLTW. “It is more critical now than ever for our education system to help students develop the critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to prepare them for the global economy.”