CSI Lynwood: students get taste of life as a forensic scientist

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Science Chris Tallentire with Lynwood SHS students at the ChemCentre.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Science Chris Tallentire with Lynwood SHS students at the ChemCentre.

STUDENTS from Lynwood Senior High School got a taste of life as a forensic scientist recently as part of a ChemCentre citizen science project.

The students spent the year collecting a range of fibres to be used in the ChemCentre’s custom database and search program, one of only two such programs in the world and an important tool used to analyse evidence collected as part of criminal investigations.

Last week the students had the opportunity to process some of those fibres into the database with the help of ChemCentre scientists.

Science minister Dave Kelly said the database currently held more than 20,000 fibres from a range of sources including fabrics and carpets.

“These students are helping Western Australia lead the charge in forensic science with their contribution to this Australian-first fibre database,” he said.

“The project highlights the importance of Stem subjects in education and training, and the diverse career opportunities available in science to students in the future.”

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