What is the four-year PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program?
"The first year is Principles of Biomedical Science; it’s an introductory course. The second year is Human Body Systems, which Mrs. Teevan teaches. Third year is Medical Interventions where we follow a family and look at all the problems they have - how to diagnose, how to treat, how to test for them. The fourth year is somewhat of a capstone class, which is Biomedical Innovations. All of the classes are weighted so that’s always a positive. Mrs. Teevan’s fourth year class has internships second semester, which a lot of kids enjoy. If you do all four years of Biomed, you earn a white lab coat which is always fun," said Bishop.
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Ms. Danielle Myers
"I’m the teacher that designed this class for Center Grove High School. I had the opportunity to work with a program called The STEM Teach Program, which was a state-run program that affiliated a lot of different colleges together here in Indiana to provide graduate level opportunities for teachers, so I’ve completed 24 graduate credit hours in forensics, mostly working through St. Joseph’s college. Using what I’ve learned from those classes is what helped me build the curriculum for this class," Myers said. In 2016, Ms. Myers was named an International STEM Fellow and selected to travel to China, which is a prestigious honor. Click the button below for more information about Ms. Myers and her award.
Students complete various labs in PLTW Biomed, including dissecting a sheep heart, fingerprinting, and running gel electrophoresis. Students have the opportunity to evaluate a crime scene and analyze blood spatter. According to Andrea Teevan, students in PLTW Biomed have the opportunity to complete the following labs as well as many more: "solving a forensic Missing Person case, dissecting an eye and running an optometry clinic, blood typing, running their own scientific experiments, urinalysis testing, blood typing, brain mapping, etc."
"We do labs almost everyday," says Bishop.