BENEFITING: PROJECT EXPLORATION
EVENT DATE: Aug 31, 2015
Our TriQuest summer program, will ensure a quality out-of-school science program for 45 middle school students, both boys and girls, Monday- Friday. Students will experience three different STEM-related fields while being a part of our program, which will all include hands-on activities, engaging facilitators, field trips, and a culminating event at the end of the four weeks. The STEM field and topics they will encounter are: • Computer Science - driven by a curriculum from the Tata Consultancy Agency, where the students will learn about coding, and use that knowledge to develop commands for a working robot. • Green Urban Planning – a curriculum developed by our LEED Certified instructor, where they will discuss what it means to ‘build green’ and how building in Chicago can be repurposed for new uses, to save on materials and resources • Forensic Science – a curriculum created by our science-based facilitator, where the students will learn about what being a real forensic scientist or crime scene investigator means Our Forensic Investigators program is an intensive summer experience in which students will explore forensic science in depth, from evidence collection to court presentation. Students will identify an interest in a specific discipline and split into smaller groups to work with a professional forensic scientist who will teach them discipline-specific techniques. They will interact with several different scientists that specialize in fields related to the forensic and criminal sciences. Including, but not limited to: blood splatter analysis, fingerprinting techniques and analysis, understanding the importance of DNA, and aspects of forensic anthropology. All students will also receive authentic forensics kits, which they will use when they move on to the second stage of the program—a staged crime scene. At the scene of the crime, they will collect and package evidence, which they will then process and analyze in a laboratory. The experience will culminate in a mock trial, where students will present their findings as expert witnesses.