Forensic Science 2016

CSI Comes to Davitt College!

On October 6th 2016, Transition Year students of Davitt College participated in the fourth annual Forensic Science Workshop at Davitt College. The aim of these workshops is to bring classroom science into real-life situations and get more students interested in continuing to study science for Third Level education. The activities provided the students with an exciting opportunity to experience an everyday use of Science in a real world situation. It proved to be an exciting and interactive educational experience, where observation and deductive reasoning combined with the science that students are learning in Davitt College, and are used to solve crimes in the real world.

As part of the workshop, students were presented with a real crime and given all the appropriate information to solve it, such as suspect information; where they were and what they were doing at the time of the crime, their occupations and evidence such as fingerprints. Students then went from station to station trying to match pieces of evidence to each suspect to help solve the crime. Each station had a different topic such as ballistics, where students had to study the amount of GSR (Gun Shot Residue) left on the clothing of each suspect.

The students of Davitt College thoroughly enjoyed being put through the analytical stages and having to actively bring their learning to life. This is just a sample of the showcases that the Science Department do each year, with the BT Young Scientist Competition being a pivotal part of the Transition Year Programme.

This day was facilitated by Forensic Scientist, Ms. Alison Leck from Education Interactive, Sydney, Australia.

Pictured at the Forensic Science Workshop are Ms. Pauline Boyle, Biology and Agricultural Science Teacher; Ms. Martina Kelly, Chemistry and Biology Teacher; Mr. Aaron Tonry, Physics Teacher; Mrs. Caitriona O’Donnell, Chemistry Teacher; Ms. Alison Leck, Forensic Scientist and Transition Year students participating in the workshop.

Pictured at the Forensic Science Workshop are Ms. Pauline Boyle, Biology and Agricultural Science Teacher; Ms. Martina Kelly, Chemistry and Biology Teacher; Mr. Aaron Tonry, Physics Teacher; Mrs. Caitriona O’Donnell, Chemistry Teacher; Ms. Alison Leck, Forensic Scientist and Transition Year students participating in the workshop.

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