Forensic Academy for Students (FAST)
In partnership with Baldwin County Schools, Georgia Technical College, Georgia College Early College, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Air Force Technical Applications Center, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Office of Forensic Science, the FAST program will target under-served and under-represented middle and high school students and teachers. The goal of the project is to use forensic, pharmaceutical, environmental, and space science to stimulate interest and prepare students for STEM fields. FAST will also equip teachers with the resources to better teach and train students.
Foot print analysis with the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)
Scanning for alpha and beta particles with the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC)
About the Saturday Labs
Milledgeville, Ga Police Department explaining how to collect evidence as well as label and store evidence bags
Mr. Davis discussing how to properly write notes for future reference in laboratory notebooks
The Saturday Academy occurs once a month during the Fall and Spring Semesters. These labs consist of computer instruction and assignments as well as hands on laboratory sessions. The Saturday sessions are broken up into middle school during the morning and high school in the afternoon. Upcoming events for the Saturday Academy will be posted on the website and all social media platforms.
About the Summer Academy
The Summer Forensic Academy is an academic summer learning experience featuring hands-on instruction in forensic science. Locally and nationally recognized scientists will provide 8-10 days of engaging instruction that will inspire and enhance the knowledge of students who have an interest in STEM. Students will be exposed to chemistry and physics as it relates to forensic science, and will have access to analytical instrumentation. The program will take place at Central Georgia Technical College located at 54 GA Hwy 22 W, in Milledgeville, Georgia.
Our Summer Forensic Academy traditionally focused on drug analysis. The students would collect evidence from crime scenes and process it. The students would then use presumptive color tests to make assumptions about what the substance could possibly be. They later use a Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer to confirm the identity of the unknown substance. The student scientists ended the academy defending their work during a mock trial.
Forensic applications such as fingerprinting/foot printing, blood spatter, DNA analysis, filtration, extractions, and radiation detection has been added to the curriculum since the 2016 Summer Forensic Academy. The academy will continue to expand each year.
Click here for more pictures of STEMversity's students during the summer academy!