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Amanda Wells’ STEM classes at Waynesville Middle School became Super Sleuths and experienced what real Forensics Scientists do every day on Sept. 21st  under the direction of Summer Cortinas, a scientist from NC BioNetworks.  

The 6th grade students analyzed blood spatter by recreating blood drops from different heights, measuring diameters, and comparing drops to the crime scene.  7th grade students ran immunoassay tests to determine the species of an animal hit by a car in a crime and by the blood left on the bumper.  8th grade students learned about gel electrophoresis. They loaded a gel and matched up the crime scene to a suspect.  All the students used laboratory techniques and technology to run their tests and analyze the data. Fictitious crimes were solved!



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