Students end Forensics with a lab


James Lee (11), Anthony Mantoan (11), Samuel Williams (12), Neal Broad (11) and Nicholas Biegel (12) pour the casting material over their imprint. Students had to make sure the material did not pour directly on the print.

Jodie Hodges, Author

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Mrs. Rachael Thomas’s, Science, second hour Forensics class participated in a casting lab.  The lab offered students the opportunity to save imprints left in soil.

“When you are analyzing a crime scene, sometimes there are footprints left behind in dirt. You want to save those prints so that you can analyze them later. There is casting material that can be poured into the imprint, hardened, and then you can take it back to the lab with you. That’s what the kids got to do. There wasn’t a lesson on this material so the kids just got to experience an extra part of Forensics,” Mrs. Rachael Thomas said.

The lab takes a total of two class periods to complete.

“It takes 24 hours for the casting material to harden well enough where they can actually rinse and brush it off, so the lab had to take two classes,” Thomas said.

Although the lab could not be completed in one day, the students were still satisfied with it.

“It was really fun. It was clean and neat and quick and over with, but it was fun.  I got to do stuff that I never got to do before, and I always saw on television,” Craig Bronson (11) said.

This was the last lab for the class, so students made sure to make it memorable.

“This lab was more fun than others because we didn’t have to worry too much about screwing it up. It was a lot easier. It was definitely a good way to end the semester,” Jeccika Scialabba (11) said.