Naracoorte Primary School students get forensic science experience

Naracoorte Primary School students have had a taste of what it’s like to be a forensic scientist after engaging in a workshop this week.

Presenter Nat Ferfoglia and dog Radar from Education Interactive visited the school on Tuesday to deliver the 90 minute-long sessions to Year 3- 7 students which aims to bring classroom science to life while enhancing their learning experience. 

Year 5/6 science teacher Natasha James said the workshop makes science fun and accessible for students.

“It’s putting them in a real life setting, it’s getting them to be hands-on while using scientific methods,” Mrs James said.

The “A Case of Emergency” workshop is a hands-on, problem solving exercise that involves resolving a real life investigation of a missing 12-year-old student.

Using techniques like fingerprinting and equipment in botany and chromatography, students spent the session learning how they play a role in solving cases. 

Mrs James said hosting the fun and educational simulated presentation fits in with the school’s science curriculum. 

“It all ties in nicely with their STEM, science, hands-on problem solving which covers our curriculum of science,” she said.

She felt the students would have enjoyed the chance to solve a “real” problem.

“The scene was set for them and at each station they’re solving a different problem and gathering evidence to solve the case at the end,” Mrs James said.

Lily Pape, 10, said: “I enjoyed getting to find out how to use all the different equipment and how to find out crime stuff.”

Mrs James believes this type of presentation may spark students’ interest in following this line of work.

“It’s opening doors and showing them that science is not just in the classroom, it goes into the real world,” she said.

Workshops at Naracoorte Primary School will also run on Wednesday.