FRAMINGHAM (09/24/2003) - Get them hooked while they're young. That's the approach being taken by Project Lead the Way, a group whose goal is to increase the quantity and quality of scientists and engineers graduating from high schools and colleges. To that end, the group forms partnerships between the private sector and high schools, colleges, and universities. As part of its efforts, Project Lead the Way is developing courses on biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, tissue engineering, intellectual property, and the regulatory process. And the group is working with state educational boards to develop life science curricula for high schools. For instance, it recently awarded a US$285,000 grant to the Indiana Department of Education to do just that. All told, the group's initiative has spread to more than 30 states and it plans to be in all 50 states in 2005.