Foundations of Biomedical Science Program Walt Whitman High
Foundations of Biomedical Science Program Walt Whitman High School: Academics, Practical Experiences, and Service in Biology, Medicine, and Health New for 2018-2019 Sign up for the FBS Program here. Proposed Program Vision: The Walt Whitman Foundations of Biomedical Sciences (FBS) Program provides a strong academic and practical foundation for students who want to pursue careers and further their study in medicine and biomedical science.
Beginning Fall of 2018 for students in grade 9 to 11. Open to students in Whitmans attendance area who are in good standing. Overview Core Academic Classes. 5 Core classes, 6 credits. Advanced Electives. A least 2 classes such as Biotechnology, or a Science Internship. Practical Experiences that begin in 9th grade and progress in rigor and depth through Senior year.
Background Need for a framework for academic and practical experiences Interest of our students. Proximity to National Institutes of Health and high quality local hospitals. Variety of expertise of staff. Community support and experiences in medicine and health. Career Foundation Academic Program
Core Courses Advanced Electives Biotechnology - new for 2018-2019 Future offerings Core Academic Classes Grade of B or better is expected Core Classes (6 credits) Biology - 9th grade Chemistry - 10th grade Physics - typically 11th grade Anatomy and Physiology - 10th or 11th grade
AP Biology double period (2 credits) - 11th or 12th grade Advanced Electives (Minimum 2 credits) Biotechnology (first offered 2018-2019 dependent on staffing) Molecular Biology (first offered 2019-2020, dependent on staffing) Science Internship - single or double period AP Chemistry double period - 2 credits Public Health (first offered 202?, dependent on staffing and interest)
Biotechnology & Bioengineering (B&B) New course for 11th and 12th graders 1 credit, Certificate of Merit & Advanced course. Aligned around NGSS Crosscutting Concepts Example: In unit on Human Factors Engineering will build ergonomically designed furniture out of cardboard. Example: In unit on Stability and Change students will examine the manufacture of prosthetic limbs. Future Courses
Possible classes include Molecular Biology (first offered 2019-2020, dependent on staffing) Public Health (first offered 202?, dependent on staffing and interest) Practical Experiences Guest speakers Experiences in the community Student products Guest Speakers
Requirements to be determined. Periodic lunchtime and after school speakers. Q & A with health professionals. Students will write and reflect on what they have heard and learned. Practical Experiences
Under Development. May include... Attend Seminars and speakers from medical professionals Volunteer service in health related fields Shadowing and observing bioscience professionals Summer Science Experience - programs with higher education and research. Student Products Students will develop an electronic portfolio including Reflections on speakers and experiences. 1-3 Artifacts from classes
Other items: TBD Senior Project Write-up of research or practicum Presentation of final projects Presentation of portfolio What it might look like for students. Sample schedules - fitting everything in Sample practical experiences - still in development Sample Schedules 9th Grade
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