What PLTW Biomedical Science Means to Students and Advisors

Erin Drennon is an RN, a PLTW Biomedical Science instructor at Hamilton Career Center in Seneca, South Carolina, a PLTW Principles of Biomedical Science Master Teacher, and a Training Coach for Core Training delivered online. 

PLTW Biomedical Science students and advisors at Hamilton Career Center in Seneca, South Carolina, share what PLTW means to them:

“I love working with the PLTW Biomed students! Students who participate in the PLTW Biomedical Science program actually go through real hands-on research and design projects. This experience gives them a huge leg-up compared to their peers once they get to college; they come into college not only with better skills in lab techniques and data analysis, but also better communication and presentation skills. Beyond this, the program really helps students to make informed decisions about what they would like to do for their future studies.”

– Delphine Dean, Ph.D., Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University and PLTW Biomedical Science Mentor and Advisor

“I totally took this class because my friend was, and after the first course was a little tough, I questioned if I should stay. Now, as I enter my junior year as a biology major at Clemson, I know it was the best decision I made. Biomed class solidified that I wanted to do this with the rest of my life and prepared me to do so.”

– Jose Hernandez, Seneca High School Class of 2012 | Biology major, Clemson University Class of 2016

“I was super-excited to be one, out of over 100 freshman students in my biology lab at Clemson, to know how to use a micropipette and perform gel electrophoresis. This was one of many technical biomedical skills I learned in these courses that have helped me be a leader among my peers from around the state. I also entered college with 12 biology lab hours due to these courses, which set me way ahead of others.”

– Jenna Singleton, Walhalla High School Class of 2012 | Biology, Cardiac Health major, Clemson University Class of 2016

“PLTW Biomed has helped me better understand information from my other high school science classes like AP Biology and Anatomy, and it taught me how to work efficiently and independently.”

– Hannah Fletcher, Seneca High School Class of 2015

“I am so happy that I had the opportunity to perform my very own independent research project at Clemson University during the fourth PLTW Biomedical Science class because I have never even considered bioengineering in my life, and now I know that’s what I want to do.”

– Julia Elder, Seneca High School Class of 2015

“This class has helped me more than you can imagine. I was just presenting bioengineering as a major to potential Clemson incoming freshmen through my creative inquiry class and was bragging on how this class was so amazing in preparing me for college. It’s really a disservice that all students don’t have a chance to take it.”

– Carson Brewer, Walhalla High School Class of 2013 | Bioengineering major, Clemson University Class of 2018

PLTW’s blog is intended to serve as a forum for ideas and perspectives from across our network. The opinions expressed are those of this guest author.