Who did it?

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Jadon Bloom (12) peers into a microscope at a piece of hair. For a section of the Forensics final, students identified a hair fiber.

Cynthia Zatlokowicz

In general, when students think about finals they think of sitting in a desk and completing a scantron test over past material. In Forensics, part of the final is hands on. Students get to view a crime scene, test blood samples and use a microscope to find hair or cloth fibers. This lab in particular adds a new twist not seen in their past scenes.

“The final was very interesting [because] you were able to get up, move around and investigate the crime scene as if you were a real crime scene investigator. It makes it a lot more fun rather than just a sit down test,” Derrick Wright (12) said.

Many students believe that having this portion of the test helped boost their grade. Students were also allowed to use their notes from the class to refer to while taking the final.
“The class is fun because you learn something that you wouldn’t usually learn. Forensics is really interesting to me because it isn’t something you do every day. It was a fun final because it was half hands on and half written, so if you are not very good at taking tests you have a better chance of doing well,” Margaret Elton (12) said.