Imagine a classroom that’s unlike any other you've ever been in. A space filled with the latest software, advanced materials and cutting-edge equipment. It’s a place that’s buzzing with project-based assignments, like isolating and analyzing DNA samples. Where facts and figures are turned into ingenuity and inventiveness. Where the four walls of the classroom open up and lead to real-world challenges and opportunities – from the environment, to healthcare, to technology.
It’s collaborative. It’s creative. It’s critical thinking. All centered on the most vital fields of learning and essential professions needed in the world today and tomorrow. And it’s now being offered at West Port High School.
West Port High School is the first school in Marion County to offer the PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program. PLTW is Project Lead The Way. A STEM based program that turns the classroom into an innovation zone.
The PLTW Biomedical Sciences Program is a sequence of four courses which follows the PLTW proven hands-on, real-world problem-solving approach to learning. Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to bioinformatics, including mapping and analyzing DNA.
Through activities, like dissecting a heart, investigating an outbreak, and engineering DNA, students examine the processes, structures and interactions of the human body – playing the role of biomedical professionals to solve real world mysteries. They also explore the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease working collaboratively to investigate and design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor 11 of the top 25 and 4 of the top 5 fastest growing occupations through the next decade will be in the medical field. That call can now be answered at West Port High School. Students that step through a WPHS Biomedical Science door will secure an opportunity to become a medical professional and experience an approach to learning that fuels imaginative thinking, creative problem solving and innovative solutions – just the kinds of skills that will help young minds be successful in their education and beyond.
Upon completion of the third course, Medical Interventions, qualified students will have the opportunity to sit for the Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam or BACE. The Biotechnician Assistant Credentialing Exam (BACE) is an industry-recognized exam designed to assess core skills and knowledge sets identified by industry, and represented within the academic and performance standards of Biotechnology programs.
Applicants should be students in good academic, attendance, and disciplinary standing, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average and a Level 3 on all FCAT scores or comparable scores on End of Course exams.