EDISON, NJ -- Middle School students at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison enjoyed their work as forensic scientists during a week-long STEM after school program. Back by popular demand, the Middle School CSI program ran a winter session after so many students loved the experience in the fall.
A different group of students was faced with the same question: Was Felix murdered and if so, who committed the crime?
The students were presented with a crime scene found on the floor of the Middle School science lab. Felix was dead and there were four different possible suspects. The students broke into groups and logged and collected evidence. They worked as forensic scientists and learned to expose and study fingerprints, analyze footprints, decipher DNA and identify various substances using pH, chromatography, tape lift and fire reactivity.
Throughout the process, the students weighed how each part of the evidence helped answer the overall question. On the final day of the program, students served as suspects, defense attorneys, prosecutors and jury as the science lab became a courtroom. Could they make a case?
1 – Students investigate the crime scene in the science lab.
Justin Lustgarten of Westfield discusses the case with Dr. Corinna Crafton, Middle School Head.