STEM Pack 8: Forensics

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Students explore the latest STEM careers – the science and the scientists – through videos, research and discussion.

The STEM Careers Packs aim to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers. They help students understand the importance of scientific knowledge, how science influences society, and how society influences science (i.e. Science as a Human Endeavour).

During their explorations, students will appreciate how the different areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics interact and are interdependent, whilst developing STEM literacies and competencies.

In STEM Pack 8: Forensics, students learn what forensic science is and how the work of forensic scientists compares to that of characters in the popular TV shows and movies; a popularity which may entice students to enter this field.

Students will learn that there are rapid changes and developments in forensic technology and methods, making very real lifelong learning adage.

Students will also learn about and consider ethical issues related to forensics, in particular the topical issue of DNA data banks.

Students will gain knowledge of careers in forensics and the important role these careers play in society.

This pack can be used to show the relevance of both Chemical and Biological Sciences Science Understanding and ‘Science Inquiry’ strands, and therefore delivered alongside such topics as: Biological Sciences(ACSSU149),  (ACSSU150), (ACSSU175), (ACSSU184) and Chemical Sciences (ACSSU113) (ACSSU225) (ACSSU178) (ACSSU187).

All tasks in this pack are mapped to Science as a Human Endeavour as well as the Core Capabilities from the National Curriculum.

Please note: Some of the links to videos in this STEM Pack are temporarily unavailable. Watch the Working In… videos from this pack here.

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Years: 7, 8, 9, 10


Biological Sciences – The Body, Genetics

Chemical Sciences – Chemical Reactions

Additional: Careers, Technology, Ethics

Concepts (South Australia):

Biological Sciences – Form and Function

Chemical Sciences – Properties of Matter, Change of Matter