Chelmsford College was the scene and a group of 34 BTEC students were the detectives on a recent CSI Day delivered by Jacqui and Rosie from Pulse Education, an event supported within the college by Make Happen.
The day, held on 7 February 2020 at the college, was aimed at BTEC level 2 and 3 Forensic Science students.
It was designed to give them a hands-on introduction to crime scene investigation, including a focus on the principles of forensic science, a working knowledge of several forensic processes and techniques, and a wider understanding of forensic science and how it is used within the criminal justice system.
Students also got involved with fingerprinting, footwear analysis, chromatography and examining hair, blood and fibres. Following the morning’s sessions, during the afternoon the young detectives carried out a mock crime scene investigation, in groups and dressed crime scene investigators.
Jade Archer, Make Happen collaborate outreach officer who co-ordinated the event, said: “The day went amazingly well, and the friendly team kept all the students engaged continuously, and everyone made a keyring with their fingerprint on, as a special take-home token. Feedback was extremely positive too, with 96% of students saying they agreed or strongly agreed that the session was helpful.”
Among the feedback students commented that the aspects they enjoyed included coordinating with others, learning the practical aspects, analysing the evidence to find the correct suspect, and working as a team and putting the skills they had learned to use.
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