Devon Stewart, FWBHS, Attends Project Lead The Way Biomedical Innovations Core Training Institute

Devon Stewart, Fort Walton Beach High School’s Biomedical Sciences teacher, recently attended the Project Lead The Way Biomedical Innovations Core Training Institute at Missouri Science & Technology University.

According to the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) website, PLTW is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.  STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy.  STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences.  Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science.  They're also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.  PLTW's comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and real-world problem solving skills in students.  The biomedical sciences courses for high schools engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.  The curriculum, delivered through PLTW's Virtual Academy, is provided free of charge to schools that register with PLTW.  

“In the training, teachers go through an entire year's curriculum, completing the major experiments, projects, and assignments themselves to know what to expect in their classrooms. And we have homework every night!” said Stewart.  “The instructors, or Master Teachers, share what they see and encounter in their own classrooms.  It is very collaborative and great for networking with other Project Lead the Way teachers across the nation.  I'm hoping to become a Master Teacher myself after our school becomes certified through PLTW this year.  Then I can teach these courses.  The state of Florida PLTW director is trying to find a university partner in FL to provide the trainings.”

This was the fourth training program for Stewart.  She also attended Principles of the Biomedical Sciences and Medical Interventions at Missouri Science and Technology University, and Human Body Systems at Stevenson University in Maryland. 

Devon Stewart is pictured above with her Biomedical Students.