Camdenton R-III School District is implementing the first course of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program this semester. The Biomedical Science pathway is designed for students in grades 9-12 and includes four courses: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation.

A new biomedical program beginning implementation this year at Camdenton High School is one way the district is helping students develop interest and skills in subjects that are in demand in the real world.

Camdenton R-III School District is implementing the first course of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science Program this semester. The Biomedical Science pathway is designed for students in grades 9-12 and includes four courses: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions, and Biomedical Innovation.

The district is offering the first course, Principles of Biomedical Science, this academic year at the high school and other courses in the sequence are planned for the following years.  

"We are excited about the opportunities the Biomedical Science Program provides for our students. As we work to help each student become college and career ready, this program will help provide real-world application to possible careers in the medical field," says Camdenton High School Principal Brett Thompson.

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.

A few ways PLTW Biomedical Science students are applying their learning to make a difference include:

• Designing and developing prosthetic limbs
• Creating public service campaigns on topics such as bullying and community health hazards
• Developing bloodwork innovations now adopted by Johns Hopkins
• Conducting studies on the benefits of mobile health clinics

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer over 12,500 PLTW programs.

According to Camdenton R-III Superintendent Tim Hadfield, PLTW was identified several years ago as a quality resource for staff and students. Through strategic planning, the community voiced its desire to increase the district's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) offerings district-wide. PLTW was already established, says Hadfield, is a natural fit to make a positive impact for their students, kindergarten through 12th grade.

The district is in the middle of an effort to focus on increasing STEM course offerings available to all students K-12 in order to better prepare them to be college and career ready and to develop the 21st century technical skills necessary to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.

The district has already implemented PLTW Engineering (grades 9-12), PLTW Gateway (grades 6-8) and is in the process of implementing the PLTW Launch program for grades K-5.

Anyone wanting to learn more about Project Lead the Way, PLTW Biomedical Science, or Camdenton R-III School District’s STEM initiative can contact Doug Starkey, Director of Technology and STEM Education at (573) 317-3447.