Titusville Students Become Crime Scene Investigators For A Day
By Space Coast Daily // January 29, 2016
taught in-depth training and demonstrations
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – On Thursday, Titusville Police Department Crime Scene Technicians Stephanie Rosser and Caitlyn Hill visited Coquina Elementary School to teach the sixth graders how to process a crime scene for latent fingerprints, as well as general Crime Scene Technician duties and current forensic science principles.
Approximately 75 students, in three groups, were able to make their own print cards of their fingerprints to bring home. The procedure for processing an item for latent prints using black latent powder was also demonstrated.
Stephanie and Caitlyn were asked by Ms. Dames of Coquina Elementary, in partnership with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, to teach the students about crime scene investigation in order to promote interest in forensic science, and to investigate the Case of the Missing Mascot, Corky the Cougar. Crime Scene Investigators and a K9 unit from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office had separate presentations.
Ms. Dames acquired a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grant for this project, which will require the assistance of our Crime Scene Technicians in the coming months for more in-depth training and demonstrations.
The goal of STEM projects is to promote higher order thinking and reasoning in students as they engage in a project-based experience focused on rigor in math, science, language arts, and technology.
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