Sponsoring Company: Texas Instruments
An empty field. A human corpse. Maggots and flies. Who is
the victim? What happened? Can you solve the mystery? This middle and high
school activity will challenge you to apply science and deductive reasoning to
determine what happened!
1. Forensic science is a STEM career field that combines science, math, and criminal justice concepts; 2. Understanding the natural process of decomposition can help investigators narrow in on identifying victims and causes of death; and 3. Using stories is a great way to engage students and provide context to the science/STEM they are learning.
Jeffrey Lukens (Retired Science Teacher: Sioux Falls, SD)