Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NSTA Teams with Court TV to Bring Forensics to the Classroom

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NSTA Teams with Court TV to Bring Forensics to the Classroom

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Capitalizing on the groundswell of interest in forensic science television shows such as CSI and Forensic Files, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has teamed with Court TV to develop exciting new curriculum units on forensic science for middle and high school students. The first-ever collaboration resulted in two new forensic units now available as part of Court TV's award-winning Forensics in the Classroom (FIC) educational science initiative, developed in partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS). The new high school unit, the "Cafeteria Caper," takes students on an investigation to identify the culprit or culprits who vandalized the school cafeteria. Working as investigators, students conduct enzyme tests and hair analyses and learn how to analyze DNA, chromosomes, and blood. Students develop basic skills in observation and data collection and analysis, learn the properties of organic molecules, identify uses for chemical indicators, understand the structure of hair and how it is analyzed, understand and perform scientific inquiry, and much more. Ideal for forensics, chemistry, biology, and physics classes, the curriculum includes an overview of the FIC program, three independent lab units, definitions of forensic terms, and answers to frequently asked questions. Each lab unit contains at least one experiment, handouts, and step-by-step directions for educators. …

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