A Day in the Life of a Crime Scene Investigator
Published: 22 Jan 2016
Despite the popularity of crime investigation dramas, forensics is still a science career path less travelled. As part of the National Youth Science Forum 2016, 30 school students from across the country are being challenged to find out what a career in forensic science is really like, with a day at CIT.
Looking around CIT's Crime Scene House - set up for the day with a simulated crime scene - Benjamin Simmons from Mount Martha, Victoria, says he has not really considered a career in forensics, or at least "not up until today".
The students have been challenged to look at the evidence of the 'crime scene' - from the pool of pig’s blood and spatter on the walls, to the shoe prints and other evidence of human activity - to work out what has occurred in this 'crime'.
They are learning some of the science and techniques that help determine a chronology of events from teaching staff, graduates and current CIT students along the way.
Today’s activities (besides the one with the pig's blood) and experts are also there to bust the myth that a forensics career necessarily requires a strong stomach, showing the students that in fact there are plenty of career options in technical fields too, such as in biometrics and fingerprinting.
With silver goop on her fingers - actually, it's a malleable material that sets and is used for making casts for evidence - Isobelle Wainwright from Sydney also admits forensics is not a career path she has previously considered. But perhaps CIT’s forensic facilities might just win her over: "They're great," she enthuses, "I love the house!"
The NYSF is a summer program in Canberra that offers an insight into careers in science, engineering and technology through site visits, lectures and hands-on activities.
More about the National Youth Science Forum: nysf.edu.au