Biomedical Science and Health
"Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.
PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take."
At Career Academy South Bend, the Principles of Biomedical Science students have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in an introductory course that gives them valuable insight into Biomedical Science and Careers in the Biomedical field; including health professionals, forensic investigators, and biomedical engineers. The Biomedical Science field has many career opportunities and one of the fastest growing fields in our area. Students not only learn about career options they also use a hands-on, real-life curriculum that allows each student to incorporate Math, Science, Engineering, and Design in one course. Authentic learning that meets each student where they are at is the highlight of Principles of Biomedical Science. Primarily, 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.
In addition to the curriculum, our Principles of Biomedical Science students also have the opportunity to take part in several projects to service our community throughout the school year. The service learning projects are directly linked to our curriculum and provide the students with a real-world, authentic application of their new knowledge to not only benefit the community but their own experience as well. Some of our past projects included a Health Fair, Healthy Living Sessions at Bendix Clinic Resource Center, Blood Donation drives, March of Dimes fundraising and walk, Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness, and new medical innovations presented at Trine University's Innovation One Challenge. Last-but-not-least, Our Principles of Biomedical Students also take part in several field trips that give them on-site information about careers in the biomedical field including a field trip to the St. Joseph County Homicide Unit to meet one of the top blood spatter analysts in the country. Afterwards, our students perform their own blood spatter analysis in the class room. PBS it truly a place where students put practice into application in a fun, hands-on learning environment.