Careers in Forensics
Forensic scientists play a very important role in the justice system, serving as expert witnesses – shedding light on vital pieces of information needed to solve crimes. Detective skills employed by forensic scientists can also be used in a variety of other fields that need a trained eye and attention to detail. Some of these other jobs include, broadcast technicians, nuclear technicians, toxicologists, food scientists and radio operators. All these jobs require an analytical mind and the ability for in depth exploration.
The importance of STEM in Forensics
STEM (the study of the subjects related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is usually one of the key requirements in the field of forensics. For example, in fingerprint analysis, in addition to explaining why fingers leave prints in the first place, Science is used to collect and preserve the finger prints ahead of analysis. Technology is used to create a database of prints using cameras and microscopes. Engineering can make use of materials to produce a fingerprint testing kit and lastly, Mathematics allows one to recognize some of the more common patterns in human prints, such as, arches, whorls and loops.
STEMmates introduces and links the fundamental concepts in STEM subjects to real-life scenarios. Our Forensics program focuses on creating theories about crime and then solving these realistic cases using hands-on experiments and actual laboratory techniques and equipment. Students are given the opportunity to use critical and analytical thinking to solve hypothetical situations and get a taste of the processes and procedures that actually go on in a forensics laboratory.
The course introduces students to handwriting analysis, fingerprinting, toxicology, comparing samples of pollen and fibres and even DNA and blood sample analysis.
This fun, interactive and activity-based course hopes to enrich young learners with the knowledge and skills needed to analyse and solve problems at an early age.
Read more about how you can get your child involved in our forensics course or any of our other courses on our website and Facebook pages.