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GHS students in the Biomedical Science program recently put their detective knowledge and skills to use as they investigated a fictional crime scene. In Principles of Biomedical Science, students explore concepts of biology and medicine to determine factors that led to the death of a fictional person. According to Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the curriculum pathway used in the Principles of Biomedical Science course, “students examine autopsy reports, investigate medical history, and explore medical treatments that might have prolonged the person’s life. The activities and projects in the PLTW curriculum introduce students to human physiology, basic biology, medicine, and research processes while allowing them to design their own experiments to solve problems.”

Principles of Biomedical Science is currently taught by Mrs. Becky Kingery, a graduate of Glasgow High School. According to Kingery, the entire course is based on the crime scene and the students’ investigation into the fictional victim’s cause of death. “The crime scene is just the beginning,” Kingery stated. “Students will conduct labs and examine factors such as hair and DNA to help them determine the cause of death.” Additionally, students will consider possible careers that are created through the need to determine a person’s cause of death, such as crime scene investigators, pathologists, and the like. This course gives students an opportunity to think about possible career paths they might not have originally considered pursuing.

Maddey Hatton and Abbie Lee are two students currently enrolled in the Principles of Biomedical Sciences course. Both students’ initial response to the crime scene was one of curiosity. Hatton remarked that the class had to sketch the details of the crime scene by taking measurements and writing down the placement of objects. Lee believes that by examining the crime scene, she has learned to think differently and realizes that she must be organized to appropriately evaluate the crime scene and the clues it offers. Lee also stated that she looks forward to learning about diseases and the causes and effects of those diseases.

At this point in the investigation, both Hatton and Lee feel that the fictional victim died because of diabetes complications. Of course, it is too early to make that determination. They look forward to finding out if their original predictions are correct. Regardless if they are right or not, this experience will be beneficial to both students as they plan to seek a career in the medical field. The Biomedical Sciences program is just one pathway offered to meet the customized educational needs of the students at Glasgow High School.

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