Mercy Vine

Term 1, | Issue No. 2 - 10 March 2023

Surprising STEM

Forensic science in action

By Jennifer Chan

What makes a claim scientific?

Our Year 9s have been studying 'what makes a claim scientific?', using the scientific method to investigate whether relationships exist between suggested claims, and use evidence to construct explanations.

In one, very splashy investigation, students designed their own experiment to test factors affecting blood splatter analysis, a tool used in forensic science. Students developed a recipe for their artificial blood, then tested their hypothesis about examining the size, shape, and spread of blood droplets.

Later this Term students will participate in a forensic science incursion with Education Interactive's ‘Case of the Identity’, where they will get hands-on experience with forensic science techniques and tools. After being presented with a case that needs to be solved, students will collect and use evidence to assess claims made, and evalutate scientific data to construct an explanation of the scene, using their knowledge and understanding of using claims to acquire scientific understanding.

Jennifer Chan
Science Leader

News and Events

Community safety | everyone's responsibility

Keeping children safe is the responsibility of everyone in our community.

Please talk with your children about how they can stay safe when out and about, including what to do (and not do) if they are approached by someone they don't know.

If approached by someone unknown and unwelcome, children are advised to keep walking/moving, not engage in conversation, and to never accept an offer for a ride or gift.

If they feel unsafe they can also seek the assistance of other nearby and trusted adults, as well as make a formal report to police.

South Australia Police suggest that if children are approached by someone unknown and unwelcome, that they use their mobile phone - if they have one - to call police if anything about the interaction "doesn't feel right".

Reports about suspicious activity can be made to:


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