Last week, Year 8 and 10 students participated in a Forensic Science Incursion, run by Education Interactive. The purpose of this activity was to encourage students to develop a love of and curiosity about science and to see the important role science plays in the real world.
The students were given a scenario, in which an 18 year old boy had been arrested for a murder he claimed to know nothing about. The murdered man had been shot three times and found next to a burnt-out car in bushland. A gun, drugs and a stash of money were found at the home of the accused. Students examined the crime scene and analysed the evidence including arson, autopsy, DNA and ballistics. As well as the science, the case also dealt with drug awareness and the impacts of hanging out with the wrong crowd.
Here are some comments from the students:
On Tuesday last week, year eight took part in a Forensic Science incursion. We were challenged to solve a case with presented evidence, such as DNA samples, fingerprints, gun residue and car tyre tracks. With the process of elimination, we were able to put on our detective hats and uncover the truth to find out who committed the crime. (Amy Yr 8)
The incursion was really helpful. It was fun because we experienced some things that real forensics experience. It was a great challenge for everyone. It kept us busy and searching for answers. (Charlie-Jo – Yr 10)
The incursion encourage me to use my brain much harder than usual. It was fun and challenging to solve the mystery and skip class. (Abigail – Yr 10)
Inspired a possible career path. (Jared – Yr 10)
It was fully hectic. They didn’t tell us where to go, we got to go to any bench an actually did the work ourselves. (Lachlan – Yr 10)
The best part was when we pieced together what happened. Another good part was when we used the digital magnifier. (Jeremiah – Yr 10)