LCA Receives Grant for Bio-Med III Lab

Members of the Walton County Health Care Foundation present LCA CFO Doug Monda with a check in the amount of $21,895.

Members of the Walton County Health Care Foundation present LCA CFO Doug Monda with a check in the amount of $21,895.

The Walton County Health Care Foundation, Inc. recently granted LCA $21,895 for the expansion of LCA’s current biomedical program. This amount specifically will be used by LCA to provide the third year of the four-year Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical curriculum.

As a result, Mr. Davis, LCA’s teacher for this program, is in training this summer for BioMed III – Medical Interventions, and LCA will equip a new lab to begin the course for the coming 2018–2019 school year. These efforts will continue to provide students at LCA real-world opportunities to experience the medical community, which prepares them for careers that don’t even exist yet.

Through real-world cases, students in Bio-Med III will be exposed to a range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics. The new lab will allow our students to follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases. Students will explore how to:

  • detect and fight infections
  • screen and evaluate the code in human DNA
  • evaluate cancer treatment options
  • prevail when the organs of the body begin to fail

With the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical curriculum, LCA’s students embrace real-world challenges before they graduate from high school. The biomedical program motivates students to implement lessons simply observed in core science classes, which might result in some students graduating with a motivation to obtain degrees that promote our medical communities. 

Today’s biomedical science professionals are tackling big challenges to make the world a better place. Students in the bio-med classes are not limited to simply “reading” about science, but they are given the opportunity to explore, research, and develop solutions just as scientists do in live lab settings. Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hand-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems.

By immersing students in activities like practice suturing and constructing body structures from clay, PLTW empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well as in-demand, transportable skills, such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration. These skills will be utilized by students in high school and for the rest of their lives on all career paths.

LCA was the first school in Walton County through the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Program to have a 1:1 initiative for our students and is leading the way in the use of technology and STEM education. The administration, faculty, and parents express deep appreciation to the Walton County Health Care Foundation, Inc. for their investment in the bright futures of our young people.