Using forensic science as a way to teach science to students of all ages

Since attending the CWCS Advanced Forensic Science Workshop in June of 2008, the training I received from this workshop has been implemented at Mount Saint Mary College in a variety of ways. Some of the forensics events hosted by our college include: the advent of a new non-science majors Forensic Science course in the spring of 2009, a workshop in the summer of 2008 for the New York State's Excelsior Scholars Program for Grade Seven Mathematics and Science Students, and in the spring of 2010, a forensics-themed badge activity performed during an ACS and Women Chemists Committee-sponsored Girl Scout Badge Day. The forensics laboratories and activities from the workshop have been adapted for a variety of ages and science abilities. Details on the activities performed, how this was achieved, and the role of the CWCS workshop in implementing these activities will be discussed.
Authors: 
Dr. Janet M Petroski
Author Affiliation: 
Division of Natural Science, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, United States