PLTW Human Body Systems
  • In HBS, students will examine the interactions of human body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis in the body. Exploring science in action, students will 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.

    HBS is a hands-on course with very little lecture and note taking. It is project based and almost all of the material students learn will be from internet sources. Students will organize information and express it uniquely. Some examples include building a neuron, mapping the parts of the brain on a swim cap, and identifying structures in dissections. Students will also read Surviving the Extremes: What Happens to the Body and Mind at the Limits of Human Endurance by Kenneth Kamler, MD.