Forensic Math and Science is a unit designed to develop in a students understanding of the various aspects of forensic investigation. Three scenarios in the unit are reach written to allow students to focus on a different investigative aspect or technique. The students will engage in observation and data collection used by forensic scientists. They will also learn that there are a wide variety of careers in the fields of forensic mathematics and forensic science.
Throughout the entire unit careful observation is the key to solving a problem. However, students will learn that sometimes the investigation of a problem is hindered by lack of evidence. Students will realize that often a forensic investigation requires more information than is available in order to solve the problem or bring a criminal to justice.
In this unit students will be engaged in:
•careful observation and consideration of evidence and testimony
•learning to understand the difference between, and the importance of both qualitative and quantitative observations
•evaluation of evidence
•using evidence to think logically
•using credible evidence to support their contentions,
•formulating questions generated by the investigation
The lessons in this unit are intended to take learners through a series of activities that are interesting and powerful explorations. Students will encounter new ideas and understandings in mathematics and science as they work through each lesson. The lessons have been intentionally written to integrate mathematics and science in contexts that explore relevant social and historical issues.
IMSA Fusion at LMS
IMSA FUSION is an after-school enrichment program for Illinois students who are talented, interested and motivated in mathematics and science. IMSA FUSION places a special emphasis on students who are historically underrepresented in those areas.
In brief, the program goals are: maintain or increase students’ interest, involvement and literacy in science and mathematics; enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers in science, mathematics, and technology; stimulate excellence in schools’ science and mathematics programs; and help increase access to programming for students who are historically under-resourced in science, mathematics and technology and for all areas of the state.
By design, the IMSA FUSION curriculum is inquiry based, problem centered and integrative. The learning experiences focus on helping students "learn how to learn" and emphasize logic, mathematical thinking and experimental scientific thinking. Topics relate to the students' lives, thereby arousing their curiosity and increasing their motivation to learn in mathematics and science. Teachers from each participating school are supported with on-going professional development for the delivery of the curriculum and use of appropriate pedagogy.