Biomedical / Engineering

Learn more about Seton Keough's PLTW Engineering and Biomedical Science curricula:


In the Fall of 2009, The Seton Keough High School began offering an exciting new science and engineering curriculum partnering with St. Agnes Hospital, the Knott Foundation, the France-Merrick Foundation, and local engineering firms.

The curriculum has two tracks: in Engineering and Biomedical Sciences. This dynamic program uses hands-on, and real-world problems to engage and challenge students. Both tracks will prepare students for future study in college and will teach them about prospective careers in engineering and numerous medical fields.

Seton Keough is working with Project Lead the Way, a non-profit organization that promotes the study of science and technology in middle and high schools. Project Lead the Way provides specific curriculum components and professional development for teachers.

To be accepted into the program, students will need to demonstrate aptitude in mathematics and science, have completed Algebra 1, have excellent grades, and recommendation by their teachers. The program will begin in freshman year with introductory courses in engineering and biomedical science. Each curriculum complements, but does not replace, the core mathematics and science course offerings. The curriculum for the Engineering track will be:

Engineering Curriculum
9th grade Introduction to Engineering Design: uses a design development process while enriching problem­ solving skills; students create and analyze models using specialized computer software.
10th grade Principles Of Engineering: explores technology systems and manufacturing processes; addresses the social and political consequences of technological change.
11th grade Digital Electronics: teaches applied logic through work with electronic circuitry, which students also construct and test for functionality.
12th grade Capstone Course: Engineering Design and Development is a research course that requires students to formulate the solution to an open-ended engineering question. With a community mentor and skills gained in their previous courses, students create written reports on their applications, defend the reports, and submit them to a panel of outside reviewers at the end of the school year.
Biomedical Curriculum
9th grade Principles of the Biomedical Sciences: Students explore the concepts of human medicine and are introduced to research processes and to bioinformatics. Hands-on projects enable students to investigate human body systems and various health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.
10th grade Human Body Systems: Students examine the processes, structures, and interactions of the human body systems to learn how they work together to maintain homeostasis (internal balance) and good health.
11th grade Medical Interventions: Student projects investigate various medical interventions that extend and improve quality of life, including gene therapy, pharmacology, surgery, prosthetics, rehabilitation, and supportive care.
12th grade Capstone Course–Biomedical Innovation: Students will design and conduct experiments related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease or illness. They will apply their knowledge and skills to answer questions or solve problems related to biomedical science.

Our partners will provide speakers, teacher mentoring, career shadowing, and by senior year, internships. They will also provide assistance in locating grants and scholarships for students who wish to study engineering and biomedical science in college.