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Forensics students learn investigation techniques such as how to analyze fingerprints.

Forensics students learn investigation techniques such as how to analyze fingerprints.

Photo Credit: Jessica Coleman

Photo Credit: Jessica Coleman

Forensics students learn investigation techniques such as how to analyze fingerprints.

Jana Christiano and Jessica Coleman

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Science Instructor Mrs. Mackanin, along with her forensics class, is starting off the new year with a project that will mimic a real-life assault investigation.

“Students are learning how to solve a crime during an in-depth investigation by studying hair evidence that shows race, gender, and whether or not it is a human’s or animal’s hair,” the science teacher said. They have been working with microscopes in class to study hair, so the students will be using this knowledge to work on the assignment.

The project will require those who are enrolled in the forensics class to look at strands of different teacher’s hair to find evidence for the ‘crimes’ they committed. Each teacher has been labeled as guilty for being involved in an assault in some way, and it will be the students’ responsibility to find out who is responsible for each action. ‘Wanted’ posters of different faculty members will also be posted around the high school.

Mrs. Mackanin has been researching forensic studies since last year for this activity. This year, she said that she has ideas that will make it “stronger and better”.

“I want students to be able to learn how to use good questioning techniques as investigators to be able to study forensic evidence correctly,” stated Mrs. Mackanin.

“I plan to improve it little by little each year. This is a project I really think the students will enjoy,” she added.

Students in her forensic class are thrilled to be engaged in this project and be able to identify a suspect’s hair.

“It’s interesting to be a part of this because I feel like I’m learning something new,” Junior Justina Cabezas said. She wanted to be involved considering she is very interested in forensics and crime scenes.

“I’m actually looking forward to this project,” said Senior Anna Cioce.

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