ERIC Number: EJ714387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul-1
Reference Count: 1
Forensics on a Shoestring Budget
Greco, Joseph A.
Science Teacher, v72 n5 p46 Jul 2005
In recent years, forensic science has gained popularity thanks in part to high-profile court cases and television programs. Although the cost of forensic equipment and supplies may initially seem too expensive for the typical high school classroom, the author developed an activity that incorporates forensics into her 10th-grade biology curriculum while staying within budget. The activity involves estimating a time of death based on fictitious police and medical examiner reports. Students review the documented evidence of a crime and compare it to known forensic information. This activity requires no elaborate equipment or supplies and students were challenged to apply their knowledge using inquiry.
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Technology, Persuasive Discourse, Data Analysis, Science Departments, Police, Department Heads, Crime, Creative Teaching, Climate
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York; New York (Albany)