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CSI = STEM

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Forensics
By Carla Mooney
Illustrated by Samuel Carbaugh
Nomad Press, 2013

Forensics_200pxWhat does CSI have to do with STEM, you ask? Everything.

We’re not just talking about the CBS hit series. We’re talking about real crime scene investigation. We’re talking about Forensic science. From the technology used to analyze blood spatter to the mathematics implemented to calculate time of death, even the easiest to solve crime scene draws upon science, technology, engineering, and math. That’s why for STEM Friday this week we’re featuring a title in our newest series, Inquire and Investigate, for readers ages 12 and older. Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation invites kids into the fascinating world of crime scene investigation.

Evidence is like pieces in a large puzzle; it takes an entire forensic team to put the evidence together to solve the crime. An analysis of blood spatter velocity, for example, can determine what weapon was used and from where the impact came. Furthermore, forensics specialists have to understand the properties of blood and how it reacts to forces that act upon it. And then there are trace materials, like fingerprints, hair, and even bones to be collected and analyzed from a crime scene. That’s a lot of science and technology!  We can be sure that as science and technology progress, so too will the tools for collecting evidence, making this a relevant STEM related subject. Furthermore, there are hundreds of forensic related careers! The options are limitless within the field. Kids can become fingerprint examiners, forensic pathologists, forensic anthropologists, or even forensic entomologists. The list goes on and on!

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2 thoughts on “CSI = STEM

  1. CSI is cool stuff, and the new Forensics book is fun! Over at Sally’s Bookshelf I’ve posted a review of “Noisy Bug Sing-Along” for kids who want to sing in the cricket symphony.
    http://sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com/2013/08/noisy-bug-sing-along.html