TV Forensics: What Do CSIs Actually Do?

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TV dramas tend to exaggerate the forensic science components. Learn what true forensic chemistry looks like in an installment of a larger series covering reactions. Viewers see that chromatography, mass spectrography, and methodical processes are valuable tools in forensic science in real life, too.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show a video of a CSI episode that highlights the sensationalism of the forensic sciences
  • Invite a local forensic expert to discuss their use of chemistry in crime fighting
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes learners are familiar with the field of forensics
Pros

  • Discusses the facts while making the occupation sound interesting and important
  • Interviews an actually forensic scientist to add relevance to the discussion
Cons

  • None