Guilty of Learning

POSTED 3/21/2018

Guilty of Learning

Sergeant Barnes and Officer Pavlot of the Ilion Police Department visited OESJ sixth graders for a presentation on Forensic Science.  Students just finished their DNA and Crime Scene Unit in Mrs. Murcray’s Science class, so this was the perfect experience to bring everything together. Throughout the unit, students learned about the structure of DNA and how DNA can be used to solve a crime; however the interest and depth of questions from sixth graders begged for something more.  Sgt. Barnes, also father of sixth grader, Dylan Barnes, and Ofc. Pavlot provided a fabulous learning experience.

Students had the chance to dust, lift, and take notes on their fingerprints, as well as learning the history and difference in fingerprint structure.  Our very own Cucumber the guinea pig’s towel was examined under a black light and she was cleared of all crimes. Mock blood spatters were swabbed for DNA as well by student volunteers.  Both officers explained the importance of reading, writing, and public speaking for students interested in this field. They encouraged students to excel in math and science and to always make learning a process they follow throughout their entire lives.  OESJ would like to thank Sergeant Barnes and Officer Pavlot for taking the time to enrich our students’ lives.



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