forensics 2011
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After logging in to their computers, the students played a name game led by intern Rachel. After that, the rules for computer use and classroom behavior were laid out. Rachel then started demonstrating the concepts of investigation; right answer = wrong answer + corrections. Intern Alexandra then started a segment on observation using straws as the observable objects. At first, the students looked at the information on the box. Following that, they verified the information for themselves. What was written on the box was not always correct. A mathematics problem was presented that demonstrated the benefit of repeated trials. Alexandra used a method of solving it that only worked for that specific problem. The students found that in other problems that method of solving did not work. The students then explored different ways of writing problems and clarifying what they mean and how to use conventions. After the break, the students viewed a powerpoint on the different branches of forensics experts. The class was interrupted by a knock at the door. The cookies that were made for the workshop students were stolen! The students now had to investigate. They were put into groups of four and asked to answer some preparatory questions. Groups were then sent one at a time to observe the crime scene. Meanwhile, the other groups came up with an in-detail description of a crime, including location, time, people involved, and what happened. However, near the end a scene played out and we discovered some suspects: two apprentices. The students investigated and found some cookie crumbs. The class then went to the apprentice lab where more crumbs were discovered. They wrapped up the class period by discussing how they would proceed with the investigation in the morning.