Addison Trail students gain real-world experience through Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science course

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On Sept. 1 and 2, students in Addison Trail’s Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science class experienced what it’s like to step into the role of a forensic scientist.

Pupils analyzed the scene of a fictional crime – complete with evidence – and received real-world knowledge from Addison Trail School Resource Officer Tim Johnston, who serves as a detective with the Addison Police Department. Participants were taught how to lift fingerprints using Johnston’s evidence kit and were walked through what typically happens when an officer arrives at a scene.

Biomedical Science is the first in a series of PLTW courses that offer students an opportunity to explore what it’s like to be a health professional. Through this pathway, they explore content areas such as disease, DNA analysis, prosthetic design, public health and more. They gain experience with state-of-the-art tools and techniques that are used by professionals in hospitals and labs. Students also have the ability to earn college credit at the end of each course.

For questions or more information about PLTW, contact Addison Trail Science Department Head Erin Groth at or 630-458-4562.