Investigating Forensic Science

Year 8 Science girls took a journey into the world of the forensic scientist to learn how forensic science helps the police to solve crimes every day. They discovered how forensic evidence is gathered, analysed and how results are compiled. These processes help to provide a detailed picture of the events leading up to a crime and of the criminal, even when eye-witness accounts are not available.

As the evidence is received, theories are developed, tested and rejected or accepted as the information becomes clearer. As a result of the work carried out by forensic scientists, some of the suspects are eliminated and the case against others is strengthened.

In court, it is often the forensic evidence that results in the conviction of a criminal. As a result, forensic science is always at the cutting edge of science, with new and enhanced analytical processes being perfected every day.

No matter how current, all of the procedures that are used in forensic science are still based on simple techniques and principles that are learned in the school laboratory. The incursion, by Education Interactive, showed students how the methods and experiments that they are using each day in the school laboratory are developed and applied in the real world.

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