Open to: Students currently enrolled in grades 6 - 9
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Course Length: 12 weeks (Early Fall, Late Fall, Winter, Spring, Early Summer, Mid-Summer)
Course Code: IFOR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts in Forensic Science, beginning with historical perspectives and covering the use of forensics to investigate and solve crimes. Units include history and development, crime scene evaluation, the crime lab, trace evidence, impressions, fingerprints, blood and DNA. Students watch online lessons, complete virtual lab activities, communicate with classmates in online forums, conduct hands-on lab activities, write a research report, and much more. They acquire knowledge of the skills, equipment and technology used to analyze physical evidence and how to examine and interpret this evidence. Skills in data analysis, critical thinking and problem solving, reinforce their understanding of the scientific process. This course does not have any synchronous class meetings, but students may schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns.
Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in this course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations.
This course requires the use of any microscope and the purchase of a lab kit and manual:
Principles of FP
Blood Typing: A, B, AB, O
Structure of DNA
Sources of DNA
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
Students must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill PDFs in this course. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.