Project Lead The Way

PLTW Biomedical Science
Honors Biology at LCHS

Whether discovering new cancer treatments or teaching healthy lifestyle choices to their communities, today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place.

PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on these same real-world challenges – and they’re doing it before they even graduate from high school. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. Students take from the courses in-demand knowledge and skills they will use in high school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take.

The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science course is designed for the accelerated student to gain an in-depth understanding of biological principles. Through a series of scaffolded laboratory activities and projects that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical science professionals to investigate topics. Students work together in teams to find unique solutions and in the process gain critical thinking and communication skills. The preparations for laboratory activities and projects are intensive. There is also an independent graded online ecology unit.

Prerequisite: For freshmen, eligibility will be based on their score on the freshmen placement exam. For upperclassmen, eligibility will be based on teacher recommendations. Co-requisite: Algebra 2

Human Body Systems

Students examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal Maniken®; 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.
This course deals primarily with the structure and functioning of the human body. A macroscopic and microscopic approach will be used, integrating the anatomic structure with the function of various body systems (circulatory, reproductive, etc.) Class time will be spent in lecture, laboratory work, viewing human histological slides and dissection. This course would be applicable to any student who is pursuing a career in the life sciences, nursing, or paramedical fields.
Prerequisite: CP Biology or H Biology and teacher recommendation


Inspired by Engineering By Design in partnership with Lancaster County's IU13 program, Lancaster Catholic is proud to offer semester-long Engineering classes that are project-based learning. 
Engineering: Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
This project-based one-semester course provides an introduction to the different types of engineering before focusing on engineering drawing. Initially, drawings will be made freehand with an emphasis on isometric and multiview drawings, and later with 2D and 3D drawing software. This course is offered to sophomores thru seniors.
Engineering: Cyber Security and Robotics
This project-based one-semester course provides a look at personal and corporate cyber security practices, cryptology, circuitry, and culminates with a look at hard and soft robotics programming. This course is offered to juniors and seniors.