Murder in the laboratory!

Ms Gilligan writes: This week it was a pleasure to observe our Director of Science K-10, Ms Jane Mallay teach her Year 9/10 Science Extended students a hand-on Forensic Science lesson, and see our teaching and learning beliefs enacted in a highly engaging lesson on DNA.

Students entered a cordoned off forensic zone to investigate the death of a person in the laboratory. They were asked to extract DNA samples and predict which of a range of evident substances was responsible for the person’s death.

Student interest was high and they entered the simulation with energy and engagement.

They worked quickly and with focus as Jane challenged them in the precision of their testing and the accuracy of their data recording.

It was rewarding seeing the deep learning of students in action.

Ms Beth Gilligan - Dominic College Principal