Hornets taking the forensics elective have participated in a lab that requires them to analyze blood splatters at different angles.
Ms. Elizabeth Fenamore is one of the teachers who teach the forensics class. Every day, she has her students engaged in the field of forensics. One day, the class could analyze cases that are true and understand how the police caught their suspect. On another day, the class can look at lab results and try to figure who is the suspect by playing out the crime scene using their imagination. The next day, they could be performing a lab by actually recreating the crime scene with more tools including fake blood and a protractor.
The class is currently learning the methods and procedures forensic scientists use to help solve their case. One way forensic scientists learn how someone has died could be by analyzing the blood splatter found at the crime scene. For instance, overlapping blood can help indicate the amount of force used by the suspect; the type of weapon that he/she used; and the timing of the attack. The lab requires the use of blood so that students could be able to interpret the angle the blood was dropped from. After students are finished performing the lab, they analyze the blood scatter and determine the dimensions of the blood. Then, they compare the blood scatter to the crime report and decide which suspect committed the crime.
Some people would argue that the labs are a waste of time, but they really aren’t. The labs actually reinforce the topic students are learning. It also gives them an insight into what a career in forensics would be like.
“The labs are extremely interesting. They allow us to have hands on experiences like what real forensic scientists do which inspires me to have a career in forensic,.” said Scott Le ’18.
The forensic labs that students have been participating in have been a helpful insight into the topic and the career. It has even inspired other students to take a look into the topic and the class.
“Hearing about how students learn in forensics actually pushed me to take that class next semester. I’m tired of having to read textbooks or listening to a teacher’s lecture. This class sounds like it actually helps you learn more by having a hands on experience on the topic,” said Milo Jiang ’18.
So, whenever, these students encounter a crime scene, they know how to analyze the blood splatters due to the labs they performed.