When a school Gateway to Technology program hosted a mystery activity, parents got to see the results of applying hands on investigation techniques for middle school students.
At Hopkins Middle School, students learned about forensics by solving a mock crime scene. They worked together with their parents to determine who the suspects were and test DNA, identify blood types, and solve the crime.
The crime scene was an elevator built by art teacher Otis Haynes, completed with fake victim. Fake blood and crime scene tale was provided courtesy of eighth grade pre engineering students.
The focus was on building an interest in forensics as a career. South Carolina law enforcement professionals were available to tell more about their jobs and crime scene investigation.
“Generally a teacher stands in front of the class talking,” said Dr. Sharon Newton, founder of the Gateway to Technology program. “But I think kids learn by doing.”