Students at Gympie schools had the chance recently to become the sleuths.
Students at Gympie schools had the chance recently to become the sleuths. Scottie Simmonds BUN270412TRE1

Science solves forensic puzzle

STUDENTS at Jones Hill State School and Gympie West put their science skills to the ultimate test, solving a real-to-life crime.

Thrown into the middle of a murder investigation students use the science they've been learning in class along with skills they develop over the course of a forensic's workshop from Education Interactive to solve the case and catch the criminal.

Education Interactive has been bringing hands on forensic science workshops to schools around Australia, Ireland and the UK since 2005.

This year alone the company will visit over 75,000 students, aiming to encourage curiosity, to raise aspirations and demonstrate to students how science plays an important role in the world outside the classroom.

Workshops also tackle important and often difficult social issues such as internet safety, drink spiking, drug use and the risks of association with the wrong crowd for high school students and Stranger Danger, moral choices and self-responsibility in primary schools.

Manager and presenter Alissa Van Soest says, "Having visited 350 plus schools there is nothing more rewarding that seeing that 'light bulb' moment where a student realises 'I can do this. I can solve this crime. I could be a forensic scientist.'”

Over the years Education Interactive have been to 2236 schools (visiting more than 335,400 students) from as far north as Mossman all the way south to the Mornington Peninsula and as far west as Geraldton and this year will visit more than 550 high schools and primary schools in both rural and urban Australia.

All of the workshops and additional material have been developed by a member of the NSW Forensic Police Force.

Gympie Times


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