The students in this course are taught the fundamentals of a criminal investigation and how it is applied in a court of law. They learn by doing; they process crime scenes, analyze lab data, conduct scientific investigations, interact with guest speakers, explore the Internet and become familiar with various texts. Students use technology to participate in activities that closely resemble those used by law enforcement personnel, forensic scientists and district attorneys. They document their findings through laboratory reports and legal briefs to ultimately be presented to a student court and jury. All of these tools are designed to engage a wide variety of learners in our school's very diverse community.
Forensic science is one of the fastest growing fields in the country and is a vital part of the criminal justice system. It is an ever-changing field that has spurred much interest among young adults. These young adults are the future Forensic Scientists of our country.
I have high hopes that CSI-Danville will develop into a PBL class offered in the 2012-2013 academic year.