Students in the Montrose High School PLTW Biomedical Sciences program (taught by Emarae Garcia and Shane Yanosky) learned about crime scene investigation and forensic science today with instruction from three Montrose Police Detectives. Students came to the library and found a "dead body" (known as Anna) in a staged crime scene, replete with evidence to be examined.
Montrose Detectives showed students how to document evidence, from fingerprints to measuring body position to photographing evidence. Later in the week, students will learn from the Deputy Coroner about the next stage of crime scene investigation, and what the body of Anna itself can tell us about the cause of death. Then, for the rest of the school year, students will learn a wide range of knowledge and skills that will aid in discovering Anna's cause of death.
Below are photos of the staged "crime scene" just before students arrived to investigate. Check back soon for a video of the Biomedical students in action, working to solve the case! Stay tuned . . .
Mr. Yanosky's students gather evidence:
Careful not to contaminate the crime scene, students take measurements for a sketched diagram.
Getting their hands dirty, students learn how to fingerprint.
Students learn how to photograph evidence from a variety of angles.