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Project Lead The Way

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 2015

Steps to Successful Implementation – Spring 2015

  • 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 2015

  • 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

2015 SUMMER CORE TRAINING INSTITUTES

Tentative Training Dates:

Session 2: June 15- June 26:  PBS, HBS, MI
Session 3: July 6 -   July 17:   PBS, HBS, BI
Session 4: July 20 - July 31:   PBS, HBS, MD (July 20-24)
Session 5: Aug 3 -   Aug 7:      MD


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 2015 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, 2015.  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 2015 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 27, 2015 on the WSU /EWU Spokane Campus, Phase 1 Building

The greater Spokane community will once again come together to celebrate student work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) at the second annual Spokane STEMposium on the WSU / EWU Spokane 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 partnered 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 speakers can be found under the RESOURCES tab above.

Resources:

Launch Program - Elementary Schools

Gateway to Technology (GTT) -- Middle Schools

Pathway to Engineering (PTW) - High Schools

Biomedical Sciences (BMS) - High Schools

Computer Science (CS) - High Schools

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 and Seattle University annual  2014 Information Conferences:

    • Overview of the Elementary Launch Program (ppt)                                S. Siegel, PhD, Director of School Engagement, Washington State

       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 2010:

      COLLEGE LEVEL RECOGNITION

      College Credits

      Washington State University

      Students who apply for and receive college credit for Biol 113 and Biol 113L from Stevenson University can submit their SU college transcript to Washington State University and receive credit for Biol 107, Introductory Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics (P/F 4 credits).

      Stevenson University

      www.stevenson.edu/acadmics/schools/school-sciences/stem-initatives/project-lead-the-way

      Students who complete all four courses in the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program at a PLTW certified high school can apply to receive credit for Stevenson University’s BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics lecture and laboratory course. For those students who meet the requirements, four (4) credits are awarded for BIO 113 and BIO 113L from Stevenson University.

      In order to earn 4 credits for BIO 113 General Biology I and BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory, students must:

      • Complete all four (4) courses in the PLTW Biomedical Sciences program at a PLTW certified high school. These include Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation.
      • Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all PLTW Biomedical Sciences courses, with no more than one grade of “C” in a PLTW course.
      • Earn a score of 7 or higher on the end of course exams for the Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions courses.
      • When you are starting the PLTW Biomedical Innovation course, complete the Intent to Apply Form. After you complete all of your PLTW courses, including Biomedical Innovation, print and complete the “Special Student Application – Project Lead the Way”.
      • Mail the completed Special Student Application, your high school transcript showing the PLTW courses, and a $175 fee to the following address:

      Dr. Meredith C. Durmowicz, PLTW Affiliate Director
      Stevenson University
      1525 Greenspring Valley Road
      Stevenson, Maryland  21153

      The application, transcript, and fee must be postmarked no later than August 1st of the year in which you complete the PLTW courses. Upon receipt of all necessary forms and verification of all eligibility criteria, students will be registered for BIO 113 and BIO 113L, and given a grade of “P” for passing. This grade is equivalent to a C or better. Students may request an official Stevenson University transcript by submitting a Transcript Request Form to the Stevenson University Registrar’s Office.

      PLEASE NOTE: Stevenson University cannot guarantee whether or how any other institution will accept the credits that are offered for PLTW courses. Students planning to transfer their Stevenson University credits to another institution are advised to first check with their intended institution to confirm that the credits will be accepted. Syllabi for BIO 113 and BIO 113L can be provided upon request, if needed. Please contact Dr. Durmowicz at mdurmowicz@stevenson.edu.

      Saint Martin’s University

      Lacey, Washington

      http://www.stmartin.edu/ 

      Based on the structure, relevance and rigor of the PLTW course material, Saint Martin’s University offers transcripted college credit to high school students who successfully complete all requirements listed below.

      The following PLTW course(s) have been approved for articulation

      PLTW Course

      SMU College Courses

      Credit

      Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

      BIO 105/105L: Biology & Biology Lab

      3/1

      Human Body Systems (HBS)

      BIO 105/105L: Biology & Biology Lab

      3/1

      Medical Interventions (MI)

      BIO 105/105L: Biology & Biology Lab

      3/1

      Biomedical Innovation (BI)

      BIO 121: Human Biology

      4

       Student Articulation Procedure:

      The student seeking credit must:

      • Complete at least 10 credits of coursework at SMU with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
      • Be enrolled at SMU at the time of credit request.
      • Submit a “Request for Course Credits: Project Lead The Way” form to the SMU registrar.
      • Provide an official, sealed transcript documenting completion of PLTW course with a grade of B (3.0) or better in all courses.
      • Pay the $30 per credit transcription fee ($120 for a 4 credit course).

      Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

      (www.science.iupui.edu/community/projectleadway)

      Course Completion Certificate:

      Qualified PLTW Biomedical students will receive a letter certifying they have completed the coursework. They will receive special college credit at IUPUI.

      Fee: Course enrollment fee is $25 per credit.

      Requirements:

      • Student must have taken the PLTW Biomedical Science course (s) at a certified PLTW school and passed the End of Course (EOC) National Assessment Part A with a stanine score of 6 or higher.
      • Complete and submit application form.
      • Letters certifying course completion will be sent upon graduation. While information may be submitted to IUPUI each year, only one letter certifying all courses completed will be mailed upon graduation.
      • A sealed letter will also be included so students who attend a university/college outside of IUPUI or an IU affiliated school can present it to the enrollment office who will decide whether or not to issue the college credit at that institution.
      • Qualified PLTW Biomedical students who matriculate to IUPUI will have special credit posted on their IU transcript at no further cost.

      The PLTW Biomedical Science course descriptions are:

      PLTW Course

      IUPUI Course

      Credit

      Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

      BIOL 10011: Principles of Biomedical Science

      3

      Human Body Systems (HBS)

      BIOL 10012: Human Body Systems

      3

      Medical Interventions (MI)

      BIOL 10013: Medical Interventions

      3

      Biomedical Innovation (BI)

      BIOL 10014: Biomedical Innovation

      3

        

      Missouri University of Science and Technology

      (http://pltw.mst.edu/undergradcredit/undergradcredit/)

      Students may receive undergraduate credit from the Missouri University of Science and Technology for successfully completing any of the PLTW Biomedical Sciences courses. Students must have taken the PLTW courses at a certified PLTW school and received an A or B in the class.  In addition, they must score a 6 or better on the national EOC exams.  Each course is 3 credits. The fee is $250/course.  Go to the above website to download the application for course credit.

      PLTW Course

      S&T Course

                                   Credits

      Principles of the Biomedical Sciences (PBS)

      Bio 144: Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology I (A&PI)

      3

      Human Body Systems (HBS)

      Bio 146: Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology II (A&PII)

      3

      Medical Interventions (MI)

      Bio 188: Introduction to Biomedical Problems (BP)

      3

      Biomedical Innovation (BI)

      Bio 175: Introduction to Biological Innovation (BI)

      3

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      WSU Tuition Waiver Scholarship

      The Washington State University PLTW Tuition Waiver Scholarship supports PLTW students pursuing majors in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math) with preference given to those pursuing majors in the biomedical sciences.

      Applicants must be high school senior PLTW students either enrolled in, or having completed, Biomedical Innovation (BI) and must have completed at least two other Biomedical Science courses, including Medical Intervention.

      Selected students will receive a $1,000 tuition waiver scholarship ($500 fall and spring semesters) renewable for up to four years.  Fifteen scholarships will be available for students enrolling at WSU for the 2015 fall semester. 

       Eligibility Criteria

      Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

      • must be enrolled in, or have completed, BI and have completed at least two other PLTW Biomedical Science courses, including Medical Intervention;
      • must be enrolled at WSU beginning the fall term of 2015 for at least 12 credit hours and complete 24 graded semester credits by the end of each spring semester to remain eligible;
      • must be pursuing a major in STEM fields with preference given to those pursuing majors in the biomedical sciences; and
      • must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) through fall quarter of 2014 of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 

       Criteria for Selection (applications will be available Feb. 01, 2015)

      Scholarships will be awarded by the WSU Spokane PLTW Selection Committee.  Applicants will be judged on:

      • Academic merit
      • Evidence of leadership
      • Evidence of commitment to biomedical science college and career pathways
      • Financial need

       Deadline

      The tuition waiver scholarship application plus an official high school transcript (through fall quarter 2014) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, March 16, 2015 by emailing a pdf copy to olivers@wsu.edu; or by mailing to Dr. Sylvia Oliver, PO Box 1495, Spokane, WA 99210.   Applicants will be notified of scholarship selection status by April 20, 2015.  Email will be the primary means of communication.

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      WSU College of Pharmacy "Save A Seat" Program

       Program Advantages

      • Secure a seat in the professional PharmD program as a WSU freshman
      • Focus on learning, not competing for a seat in pharmacy school
      • Know your admission status before your peers do

      Who should apply?

      • Students who have a strong interest and working knowledge of a Pharmacy career
      • WSU Pullman, Tri-Cities and Vancouver freshman
      • Students with strong academic history in Math and Science

      Admission Requirements

      • Complete a Save the Seat application (application opens early-September)
      • Submit 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, advisors and/or counselors
      • Enroll at WSU Pullman, Tri-Cities or Vancouver fall semester
      • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5
      • Completion of less than 30 college level credits (AP Credits do not count towards this total)
      • Successful completion of interview (mid-November)
      • Preference given to STEM or PLTW students

      Maintaining eligibility

      • Complete pre-pharmacy courses at WSU Pullman, Tri-Cities or Vancouver in 3 years
      • Minimum 3.0 Cumulative GPA at the end of each pre-pharmacy year
      • Earn a “C” or higher in all pre-pharmacy courses
      • Complete all of the matriculation requirements of the pre-pharmacy program
      • Complete the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test)
      • Pre-pharmacy club member (recommended)

      CONTACT US

      Sylvia Oliver, PhD
      Affiliate Director, Biomedical Sciences
      WSU Spokane
      PO Box 1495
      Spokane, WA 99210
      (509) 358-7635
      olivers@wsu.edu
       
      Shepherd Siegel, PhD
      Director of School Engagement, West Region
      Washington State
      Project Lead The Way, Inc.
      (206) 619-8806
      ssiegel@PLTW.org