Biomedical Science: Project Lead the Way

The rigorous and relevant four-course Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health.

Students engage in activities like investigating the death of a fictional person to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

Program Location

Osbourn Park High School

Mrs. Malka, Instructor


Course Sequence:
Principals of Biomedical Science (PLTW) 
In this first course of the four-course program, 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. The activities and projects introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.​

Human Body Systems (PLTW)
Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin; use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration; and take on the roles of biomedical professionals to solve real-world medical cases. 

Medical Interventions (PLTW)
Students investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Students are taught concepts in fighting infections, understanding genetics, and preventing, detecting, and treating cancer and organ failure. Through real-world cases, students are exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Biomedical Innovation (PLTW)
In the final course of the PLTW Biomedical Science sequence, students build on the knowledge and skills gained from previous courses to design innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century. Students address topics ranging from public health and biomedical engineering to clinical medicine and physiology. Students have the opportunity to work on an independent design project with a mentor or advisor from a university, medical facility, or research institution.

Type of Program

This is a Transfer Program. Students transfer from their base school and attend Osbourn Park High School for all classes.


Career and Technical Education students who reside within the boundary of the CTE program school may ride their regular bus to school.

CTE transfer students may use the network of established express bus stops. Parents have


Admission to the program is by application only. 

Interested students should meet with a school counselor to discuss program details and modify their Academic and Career Plan to fulfill all graduation requirements.