School students experience the real CSI

The University of Western Sydney will welcome students from Hawkesbury Independent School and give them a tour of the Joint Facility for Forensic Science Research and Training on Friday 9 November at the UWS Hawkesbury campus.

The students, from Hawkesbury Independent School, were selected to go on the tour after winning Australia's largest online environmental game, 'Murder under the Microscope' in 2011.

Last year, the topic of the game was 'Horror in the Harvest', which gave students the opportunity to learn about some of the major environmental issues affecting land use.

Dr Glenn Porter, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science in the School of Science and Health, will take students on the tour and show them how real-life forensic scientists analyse crimes.

"Having these students visit the forensic facility is a great way to engage them in thinking about forensic science as a future career," says Dr Porter.

"The students will have fun checking out the purpose-built scenario rooms – complete with furnishings – and the purpose designed area for analysing blood spatter, the outdoor area where evidence can be buried and a garage for examining crime scenes in and around vehicles."

The 'Murder under the Microscope', which is suitable for school students in Years 5 to 10, gives teams of students the opportunity to research and analyse evidence to solve a crime.

The project culminates with the students submitting a digital story that follows an environmental action in their local area.

'Murder under the Microscope' is an initiative designed by the Department of Education and Communities and is sponsored by the University of Western Sydney.

* Note to media: a photo opportunity will take place at 11.30am. Please confirm your attendance with the UWS Media Unit.


8 November 2012

Contact: Kristy Gleeson, Media Officer