When someone thinks about forensics, they may think of detectives at a crime scene trying to crack a case or crime shows like CSI and Law and Order that lots of people love.

 

When someone thinks about forensics, they may think of detectives at a crime scene trying to crack a case or crime shows like CSI and Law and Order that lots of people love. Here at Dutch Fork, there’s a course where students can learn the ins and outs of forensics.

“I really like learning more about the applications of science in the real world, especially how to connect all areas of science because we talk about biology when we talk about how DNA Profiling is used for forensic investigations,” forensics teacher Rebecca Valencia said.

This course can help prepare students for many careers that relate to forensics, many students can use this knowledge for work in Crime Scene Investigation.

“I  took this class because I want to work in a crime lab and this was the class to get me there,” senior Jaylin Ford said.

The course has many hands- on projects to make it as real as possible and to bring more understanding to it all.

“I like how hands on Valencia is. She doesn’t just leave you to learn by yourself, she makes sure you know the material,” Jaylin said

Many students that take forensics actually want to use the skills they learn in this class in the future.

“It could be used if they want to work with DNA testing or working in a crime lab. For myself it would help me if I ever wanted to go into forensics,” senior Darren Levine said.

Students say that their success in the course is because of their teacher Mrs. Valencia.

“I like how Mrs. Valencia gets involved with the students and tries to help them every step of the way,” senior Malik Walker said.

Valencia is passionate about what she does and it shows through her teaching style and her students comments about her.

“I really work hard to make this class interesting because I want to make this class more than just watching CSI and watching forensic files,” Valencia said. “It can be really fun if students invest themselves in seeing the interesting parts of it and aren’t just here because they need a science credit.”

Story by Trey Rice, Chyna Wallace, Malik Brazile