Issaquah High School students become detectives in forensics class

September 25, 2012

By Samantha Garrard

Where does criminology cross with high school? At the door to Ms. Vannoy’s room at Issaquah High School. Issaquah High is now offering a unique alternative to biology, chemistry and physics: a new class about forensics.

Samantha Garrard
Issaquah High School

Outside from the excitement of “C.S.I.”-type investigations, Vannoy said, “the ‘Science of Forensics’ class is unique in that it is interdisciplinary — forensic investigations often combine the fields of physics, biology and chemistry.”

Students will learn how to analyze documents, fingerprints and DNA samples, and become familiar with the proper processes of investigating fires, explosions, blood splatter and more.

Students will participate in a yearlong crime investigation that will build upon the techniques they learn in each unit. At the end of the year, students will have completed 13 labs, which will help them discover who committed the crime.

High school senior Areesa Somani said she is taking the class because “when I was younger I would read tons of Sherlock Holmes stories and really wanted to be a detective or problem-solver.”

Through her new class, Vannoy hopes to teach and inspire students about careers in forensic science.

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