Forensic Science and Criminal Justice-Ages 15-18

Forensic Science is a host of specialties that apply scientific expertise that respond to legal questions. This program will explore forensic science careers in ballistics, DNA, document examination, polygraphs, toxicology, and computer investigations. Students also work with legal professionals to examine crime theories, learn witness interview techniques, and gain knowledge about the court system.  The simulated learning experience provides students with a high-profile murder case in which they must evaluate the crimes scene, process evidence, and testify in court as forensic scientist.

Students role-play CSI agents hired to evaluate suspects with a motive to commit the crime. Critical thinking, communication, and scientific skills are used to help students write reports and document their findings. Working with scientific experts, students evaluate blood types, fingerprints and watch an autopsy. The curriculum supplements legal studies by teaching students interview techniques used in court and strategies to testify as forensic scientists.  Students will arrive on a simulated crime scene, collect evidence, photograph the scene, and explore motives to how the victim was murdered. Then, students will testify in an actual court room to their findings. Attorney’s representing the prosecution and defense will question students on the stand, so be sure to take good notes!

According to the Bureaus of Labor Statistics, the need forensic science technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, because it is a small occupation, the fast growth will result in only about 2,400 new jobs over the 10-year period. Competition for jobs is expected to be strong, so we provide students in our region with the skills to explore forensics science prior to college.