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  • Putting the Science in CSI- Intro to Forensics

     Grades 6-8

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    CSI 2CSI 3

    Program Description
    4 hour program
    1 class (32 students)
    Working on teams, students participate in simulated crime scene investigation like those depicted in the CSI TV shows. Students explore and record observations at a mock crime scene, use a digital resource to learn about evaluation of forensic DNA evidence and forensic toxicology. Working on teams, students rotate through stations where they analyze fingerprints, chemicals, and hair. In the culminating activities, students “solve the crime,” and iteratively try to crack a password (to learn about strong passwords). Students learn about opportunities to acquire more specialized knowledge and skills through PGCPS’ Career and Technical Education Program. Students must bring a cold lunch that can be consumed in 20 minutes.


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    Next Generation Science Standards

    Performance Expectation 

    ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

    MS-PS1-2 Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred..

    Science and Engineering Practices

    Asking Questions and Defining Problems
    Analyzing and interpreting data

    Disciplinary Core Ideas

    ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions
    PS1.A Structure and Properties of Matter

     Cross Cutting Concepts

    Cause and Effect

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    Connections to Nature of Science
    SScience Addresses Questions About the Natural and Material World

     Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards (MD-CCRS)
    E.5 Read, write, and speak grounded in evidence
    E.1 Demonstrate independence in reading complex texts, and writing and speaking about them
    MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

    Computer Science
    ISTE Standards
    ISTE 5a Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.