Forensic workshop for Loreto students

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Year 9 students at Loreto College Coleraine took part in a workshop on Forensics.

Presented in association with the University of Strathclyde, by a qualified and experienced Forensic Scientist, the workshop introduced students to the career opportunities open to them in the world of crime investigation, and the relevance to this of their studies in Science.

During the course of the morning, the students worked collaboratively on a problem-solving exercise.

They were presented with a scenario in which a male student had been murdered; they then proceeded around a series of stations which presented them with various pieces of evidence which led towards the solving of the mystery.

The stations tested the students’ skills of observation, as well as alerting them to the relevance of elements such as DNA, moulding, blood groups and so on.

Sheila McBroom, who co-ordinated the event said: “The workshop allowed the pupils to see (and use) real applications of science.

“Such activities challenge the pupils in a number of other ways – working effectively with others in small groups – listening and observing carefully to build all the evidence, and so on.”