MARSHFIELD — Marshfield High School currently participates in a four-year Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program in Biomedical Science. The four-year program consists of three foundation courses: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, and Medical Interventions. The fourth-year PLTW students then complete a capstone Biomedical Innovation course.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, students in the Biomedical Innovation course presented projects to community members in a mock “Shark Tank” setting. The community members had a background in insurance, investments, medical administration, or a health care-related field. Students were assigned a medical device from the curriculum and had to improve it based on flaws with the current models. In the presentations the students were looking for investors to launch their new innovation and take it to market.
Project Lead the Way is a nationwide program designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in these fields will grow 17 percent by 2018.