Our Forensic Science class is home to over one hundred and sixty, insatiably curious junior and senior high school students in Houston, Texas.
The students are eager to learn how to process crime scenes as well as investigate every aspect of Forensic Science.
It is wonderful to be able to bring to life the material they are learning in the classroom with hands-on laboratories and activities. Our school and administration are extremely supportive of the addition of our science class. We look forward to collaborating with our cross curricular counterparts as the students take the skills they learn in our classroom, and apply them to areas of Science, Law and Debate.
The funding for this project will expose the students to real life scientific mechanics such as DNA fingerprinting. This technique is used in a variety of Science fields such as paternity testing and crime scene evidence analysis.
We will begin our adventure by activating the student's prior knowledge in the field of Biology and Chemistry by extracting their own DNA.
The students will then use math skills they have obtained throughout their high school career to quantify our products and determine how much material they were able to obtain. Next, they will make a series of dilutions to obtain the appropriate amount of DNA to use in PCR reactions. Last, we will visualize the products by running them out on an agarose gel. The students will then apply their deductive reasoning skills to determine who the culprit is in the given scenario.
This type of kit allows us to take the deductive reasoning skills we have worked on all year and apply them to the world of science.
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