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    Human Body Systems Honors (HBS)
    Year Two of Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences Program
    Students experience real-world scenarios and cases to see medicine in action – as they diagnose and provide treatment and rehabilitation to patients at an outpatient center, keep clients safe and healthy on adventure medicine trips in remote locations, and work in a research center to design laboratory investigations to explore development and aging.  

    Whether seeking a career in medicine or health care or simply looking for the challenge of real-world problems, students in PLTW Human Body Systems will practice how to think creatively and critically to innovate in science and gain practical experience tackling real-world challenges that biomedical professionals face in the field.

    Human Body Systems is a full-year high school course in the PLTW Biomedical Science program. Each unit in the previous course centered around a particular function in the human body, such as movement or communication, and used that function to highlight connections between body systems. The course groups systems by function as well, but now includes engaging cases, real-world career exploration, and novel theming and staging to immerse students in diverse medical settings. 

    Unit 1: Road to Rehabilitation  Students design treatment and rehabilitation plans for patients at an outpatient center.
    Unit 2: Research Ready Students work as interns in a research center to design laboratory investigations exploring development and aging.
    Unit 3: Adventure Awaits Students diagnose and treat clients on adventure medicine trips in remote locations.
    Unit 4: Patient Perspectives  Students design interactive elements to showcase cutting-edge science and patient stories in an immersive exhibit.
    By the end of the course, students will:
    • Recognize the connections among human body systems.
    • Identify and be able to use the terminology, technology, equipment, and techniques that biomedical science professionals use.
    • Understand the diverse set of careers and related skills in the biomedical science field.
    • Explore and plan for future success in college and career.

    Prepare students for success in college and career

    Through multiple problems and scenarios, the updated course challenges students to dive into the roles of various biomedical science professionals. Students develop proficiency in laboratory and clinical skills using real equipment, setting them up for success in college and career. Students also explore the vast range of careers in the biomedical sciences.

    Integrated technology is used intentionally to maximize the student and teacher experience 

    PLTW focuses on modernizing content and designing it for digital delivery. Interactive, 3D animations and images allow students to immerse themselves in the curriculum and experience content in a new and unique way. For example, students can now interact with patient data in a simulated electronic records system—with integrated videos, audio files, and diagnostic images.

    General Information:
    • HBS is offered to 10-12 grade students as an honors level, CTE elective course
    • Students enrolled in PLTW Biomedical Sciences will also be enrolled in grade-level science and math courses
    • Collaborative, engaging classroom


    Course content highlights the integrated reality of PLTW’s three pathways: biomedical science, computer science, and engineering.

    Students will understand the integrated nature of multiple disciplines in the world as they engage in real-world cases and scenarios. Unlike many other courses in high school, the problems within Human Body Systems will highlight how concepts in science, technology, math, and engineering have to be applied in tandem in order to understand and solve problems.

    Career and Technical Student Organization:  HOSA  


    Students will utilize the MRHS Canvas Learning Management System, available online at https://www.dvusd.org/canvas or Canvas iPad app, and my.pltw.org to access the curriculum. 

    Students will need:

    • Pens/pencils/highlighters
    • Composition Notebook
    • Charged iPad/device for daily activities 
    • Google Drive created with school email address

    See Canvas Calendar and PowerSchools for due dates, etc.