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PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM

PLTW’s hands-on, Activities-, Project-, Problem-Based (APPB) comprehensive curriculum is aligned with relevant national standards and is collaboratively developed and updated by subject matter experts – including teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators.
 
PLTW’s programs emphasize critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving. The hands-on learning engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they may not otherwise pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to post-secondary training and career success in STEM-related fields.
 
PLTW 's Pathway To Engineering (PTE) and Biomedical Sciences (BMS) programs for high schools, Gateway To Technology (GTT) program for middle schools, and PLTW Launch for elementary schools set the highest standards for rigorous, focused and engaging study, developing students’ innovative, collaborative, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. PLTW is proud to announce that its newest program, designed for elementary-aged students in grades K-5, will launch in the fall of 2014.
 
Our courses are designed to appeal to all students and help them make the critical connections between STEM principles and solving the real challenges in our communities and the world.

Benefits of the PLTW program include:

  • A comprehensive, turnkey curriculum package
  • Online resources and professional communities
  • A program based on national standards
  • Teacher training (PLTW Core Training) through our University Affiliates
  • Conferences for school counselors and administrators that demonstrate how courses fit into students academic and career paths
  • End-of-Course assessments
  • Access to a nationwide support network that includes postsecondary institutions, state education officials, business and industry partners and professional associations.

PLTW Biomedical Sciences Curriculum

  • The sequence of high school courses in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Sciences program parallels the proven PLTW Engineering program. The initial program includes four courses, all aligned with appropriate national learning standards.
  • Principles of Biomedical Sciences: Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and bioinformatics. The course is designed to provide an overview of all the courses in the Biomedical Sciences program and to lay the scientific foundation necessary for student success in the subsequent courses.
  • Human Body Systems: Students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to lean how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health. Students work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.
  • Medical Interventions: Students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. These interventions and showcased across the generations of the family and provide a look at the past, present and future of biomedical sciences.
  • Biomedical Innovations: In this capstone course students apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or to solve problems related to the biomedical sciences. Students will design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Steps to PLTW Biomedical Science Implementation

The following is information that will be helpful in planning the steps required to register your school for the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program.  Be sure to check the PLTW Getting Started page for specific information on how to register your school district and schools for the Biomedical Science Program.

Steps to a Successful Implementation – Winter 2014

Steps to Successful Implementation – Spring 2014

  • Have the superintendent, or the appointed person, complete the STEM agreement sent to you by PLTW.  This sets up the process for teachers to be able to register for the summer Core Training Institutes.
  • Identify your School District Delegate who will be responsible for communication with PLTW.
  • For Washington schools: Submit CTE Course Application (CIP Code 260102 – Principles of the Biomedical Sciences) to OSPI by April 15.
  • Identify teachers for Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Intervention and/or Biomedical Innovation for fall 2014 and have your teachers review the Summer Core Training Institute schedule of courses and dates. Go to the PLTW universities page to find more detailed information regarding specific university training sessions.
  • The national summer Core Training schedules will be posted to the PLTW website after the first of the year allowing teachers to begin to plan for their summer training. The registration for the summer Core Training Institute will begin on the PLTW website on April 1, 2014. Historically, the two-week training classes fill very quickly, so teachers should have their preferences in mind in order to secure their preferred training site and date.
  • Teachers must successfully complete Readiness Training designed to prepare them for Core Training relative to course tools, content and concepts necessary for success.
  • Purchase supplies and equipment using the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Purchasing Manual.

Steps to a Successful Implementation – Summer 2014

  • Teachers attend PLTW Summer Core Training Institutes.
  • Check lab/classroom to ensure all equipment and supplies have been ordered, received, labeled and put in place.
  • If you have questions regarding implementation or would like to visit PLTW Biomedical Science classrooms, please feel free to contact either the Mead School District in Mead, WA (509-465-6000) or Toppenish High School in Toppenish, WA (509-865-3370).
  • If you have specific questions regarding the national PLTW program, school agreements, program implementation, and/or program costs including sustainability, please contact:
    Shep Siegel, PLTW Director of School Engagement, WA and AK. 
    Email: ssiegel@pltw.org.
    Phone: 206-619-8806.
  • Please feel free to contact Sylvia Oliver, PLTW Affiliate Director, with assistance regarding the summer Core Training Institutes, the four-course BMS curriculum,  or assistance with grant writing. 
    E-mail: olivers@wsu.edu
    Phone: 509-358-7635, 
    Cell: 509-220-3901.

National Certification

National Certification ensures implementation of high quality programs and verifies college credit eligibility for BMS courses. Schools planning to offer the four BMS courses are eligible for PLTW certification and may begin the process for certification at the end of the second year of implementation. The following link provides information on Steps to Certification.

Benefits for Schools

  • Students have the opportunity to receive college-level recognition such as college credit, scholarships, and admissions preference. More information on universities that offer college recognition can be found here.
  • PLTW teachers may apply to become Master Teachers and receive benefits such as compensation for professional development, opportunities to field test new curriculum prior to the release to the entire network, and field testing results input.
  • Schools are eligible to apply for Model School status; an elite group of schools at the forefront of STEM education.
  • Depending on state guidelines, schools have increased potential to receive funding.
  • Greater visibility for the program within the school and community.

Last updated Sept 2013

SUMMER CORE TRAINING INSTITUTES


Click on School Information tab above for detailed information on steps schools need to take to register with PLTW and steps teachers need to take to register for the summer Core Training Institutes. 

Tuition of $2,500 includes:

  • training
  • all lab materials
  • program polo shirt
  • day-time meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks Monday through Friday), entertainment and dinner one evening, and a dinner reception to celebrate success. All other meals will be the responsibility of the teachers.

Cancellation Policy and Fee: If registration is cancelled within two weeks of the start of the session, a cancellation fee of $500 will be charged.

Housing will be available at the Courtyard Marriott at 401 N. Riverpoint Blvd, located directly across the street from the WSU Spokane campus. The room rate is $88/night and rooms can be shared to reduce cost. It is the responsibility of the school district or teacher to make their reservations at the Marriott (509-456-7600). A room block has been placed for the dates of the 2014 training and spaces are limited. Weekend and evening meals not provided by WSU Spokane (see above) are the responsibility of the teachers.

Official teacher registration for the Summer Core Institutes will be initiated through the PLTW Extranet on March 7, 2014.  Please note that WSU Spokane will no longer reserve spaces for teachers before they officially register.


GATEWAY TO TECHNOLOGY, MEDICAL DETECTIVES


Click on School Information tab above for detailed information on steps schools need to take to register with PLTW and steps teachers need to take to register for the summer Core Training Institutes.

Tuition of $1,250 includes:

  • training
  • all lab materials
  • program polo shirt
  • day-time meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks Monday through Friday) and a dinner reception to celebrate success. All other meals will be the responsibility of the teachers.

If registration is cancelled within two weeks of the start of the session, a cancellation fee of $250 will be charged.

Housing will be available at the Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott, 311  N. Riverpoint Blvd, located directly across the street from the WSU Spokane campus. The room rate is $88/night and rooms can be shared to reduce cost.  It is the responsibility of the school district or teacher to make their reservations (please contact Pam Medley, pmedley@wsu.edu, for details). A room block has been placed for the dates of the 2014 training and spaces are limited.  Weekend and evening meals not provided by WSU Spokane (see above) are the responsibility of the teachers.
 
Official teacher registration for the Summer Core Institutes will be initiated through the PLTW Extranet in March 2015.  Please note that WSU Spokane will no longer reserve spaces for teachers before they officially register.

PLTW Teacher Training

PLTW Teacher Training is a three-phase professional development program designed to teach the content and pedagogical skills needed to instruct each PLTW course. It’s focused on proper preparation, in-depth training and continuing education. The three phases of teacher training are:

Phase 1: Readiness Training

Phase 2: Core Training Summer Institutes.  Four sessions will be held in 2014. 

Phase 3: Ongoing Training for PLTW Course Updates

Teacher Selection

It is recommended that teachers instructing a PLTW course should have, as a minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree and be in compliance with applicable state teacher licensure or certification requirements. Additionally, for the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Curricular Program, teachers should have successfully completed at least two semesters of college-level biology and have experience in the techniques and methods of modern biology, molecular biology, or physiology.

PLTW NEWS AND EVENTS


Spokane STEMposium - May 28, 2014 at WSU /EWU Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Building


Proposed 2015 Date:  Wednesday, May 27 at WSU Spokane

The greater Spokane community will once again come together to celebrate student work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the first annual Spokane STEMposium at the WSU / EWU Riverpoint Campus. The Spokane STEMposium is a one-day event providing middle and high school students the opportunity to present STEM projects in a conference setting. Projects are evaluated by industry experts. Students with projects earning a superior rating will receive a prize. Projects completed by high school sophomores, juniors or seniors may be eligible to compete for college scholarships.
 
Deadlines: Preregistration forms for students will be due in Feb. 2015.   Written work by students will be due in April. The all-day event is planned for May 27, 2015.
 
Please go to the Spokane STEMposium website (www.spokanestemposium.org) for more detailed information on the STEM project categories, criteria for each category, and evaluation rubrics. If you have questions, please contact Sylvia Oliver at olivers@wsu.edu.

PLTW 2014 State Conferences

WSU Spokane will once again partner with Seattle University in 2014 to offer two State Conferences covering both the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and Engineering (ENG) programs. Annual State Conferences are intended for: (1) school districts interested in detailed information about the BMS and ENG high school, middle school and new elementary school programs; (2) school districts currently implementing PLTW to provide administrators, teachers and counselors with regional and national updates and professional development opportunities; and (3) business and industry leaders wanting to learn more about supporting quality STEM programs. School districts should plan to send district administrators, high school principals, counselors and teachers.

Presentations by previous keynote speakers can be found under the RESOURCES tab above.

RESOURCES

The following are documents and presentations providing information about the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program and about the role of Washington State University Spokane as a PLTW Biomedical Science University Affiliate.

Online Resources

BioInteractive
Free resources for science teachers and students created by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Overview Documents:

Biomedical Sciences - Getting Started
This document provides an overview of the national PLTW program (mission, scope, curricular tracks and network), as well as a detailed description of the BMS program including course descriptions, administrator and counselor information, national standards and the BMS program, and steps to successful implementation.

Presentations:

The following presentations were made during the WSU Spokane annual Information Conference in Spokane, WA on October 15, 2013:

The following presentations were made by Dr. Oliver at the Seattle University PLTW Conference held on Dec. 4, 2012.


The following are additional PLTW - related presentations made since 2011:

CONTACT US

Sylvia Oliver, PhD

Affiliate Director
E-mail: olivers@wsu.edu
Phone: 509-358-7635
Cell: 509-220-3901

Shep Siegel, PhD
Director of School Engagement,
WA and AK
E-mail:  ssiegel@pltw.org
Phone:  206-619-8806

Pam Medley
Program Coordinator
E-mail: pmedley@wsu.edu
Phone: 509-358-7736

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210