Nathalia - CraneWelcome to our Forensic Investigators program!! My name is Nathalia and I am the STEM Facilitator. I am so excited to be able to continue being a part of the PE team! I recently graduated from Concordia University in Chicago in December 2015, with a major in Biology and minor in Chemistry. I wish to pursue a career as a Forensic Scientist or simply doing research in the laboratory. Because I had the wonderful opportunity of being an intern at the Illinois State Police Forensic Laboratory, I have knowledge of what goes on behind the scenes. I hope to be able to show the teens the facts and myths of what a forensic scientist really does in the laboratory in contrast to what comes out on TV shows. I also hope to give them enough knowledge so that they can find out their likes and dislikes, and whether they would like to pursue a STEM career. My plan is to always have fun. By this I mean bringing in STEM professionals to talk to the students, doing activities that relate to what a Forensic Scientist does, encourage the students to be leaders, to help the students improve their weaknesses and continue excelling at their strengths!

We recently did a bite- mark activity. In this activity I cut paper plates in half and had the students bite down on the plates! We then marked the plates top teeth and bottom teeth. The students used rulers and other techniques to analyze their bite marks. We also compared and contrasted boys and girls bite marks! Students we able to see any gaps, weird indentations, or any out of the ordinary marks that they never noticed before. One student said “I have vampire teeth!” Later on, I noticed someone took a bite of my pear! Just kidding I asked a student before hand to take a bite and not say a word. I told the students I asked someone from the class to take a bite and they had to find out who that bite mark belongs to! We gathered all the plates and placed them in a table. Then I had 5 students at a time go to the table to find who they believed the bite mark belonged to. I was extremely glad to find that most were able to pinpoint who the bite marks belonged to! Thank you to Amani for participating to be the “ perpetrator.”

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