St Mary's High School Pupils Do Murder Forensics

Whodunnit?

There was a hush in the mobile classroom visiting St Mary’s High School courtesy of the Department of Education (DENI). Year 9 pupils were absorbed in a murder case and were testing various powers for a clue. They could be the next generation of CSI (Crime Scene Investigators).

This fun science session was part of their STEM promotion which is taking place across the UK. DENI is keen to promote the next generation of skilled thinkers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. ┬áThe fully equipped innovative mobile science lab and classroom was a novel and fun way for the pupils to enjoy their science lessons. The ‘bus’ provides high quality learning experiences for the pupils and it is hoped they develop a greater interest in these subject areas.

STEM is at the heart of a growing economy and the message from DENI is that we must keep ahead in our STEM agenda or we will fall behind.

The STEM module aims to encourage greater participation too with pupils to take up these key subjects and move on to advanced education to support growing skill-based businesses in the local economy.

[caption id="attachment_56849" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Science teacher Kelly Barnes is pictured with Year 9 pupils from St Mary's High School in Downpatrick at a forensic science investigation to uncover a 'murder' as part of their STEM studies. Included are pupils Clodagh McKee, Eve Holland, Colleen Currann and Keeva Lehane. Science teacher Kelly Barnes is pictured with Year 9 pupils from St Mary’s High School in Downpatrick at a forensic science investigation to uncover a ‘murder’ as part of their STEM studies. Included are pupils Clodagh McKee, Eve Holland, Colleen Curran and Keeva Lehane.[/caption]    ]]>