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Summer SAVY, Session 3 Day 5, Forensic Science (1st – 2nd)

Posted by on Friday, June 28, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

What an amazing week! The knowledge they gained all week provided for a very fun day of solving mysteries. Someone had stolen cookies from the cookie jar! (The ultimate offense!)  

Students walked into a classroom that had been transformed into a crime scene. We had to wait to start the investigation to review the topic of DNA first! To do this, we created a concept map and watched videos. While doing these two activities, students learned where DNA is located and how much of our DNA is the same.  

Finally, it was time to solve the crime! There was much evidence left at the scene ready to be analyzed. We used our knowledge of forensic science to determine who was the most likely suspect. Fingerprints and shoe prints could be found everywhere, a mysterious powder was spilled, and much, much more! 

Students have been asking about the jar of Oreos they noticed in the classroom all week. Now they were extra curious as to who could have taken them!  The room was filled with persuasive arguments! However, Forensic Science experiments had to be conducted to solve this case.  Based on the evidence left at the scene, Emma was the culprit.  

As we concluded the week, we discussed the question:   Q: How does Chemistry and Genetics relate to Forensics?  

I thoroughly enjoyed working with these students this past week, and I hope this inspired them to continue learning about forensic science and solving mysteries! 

Chelsea Pilote