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Smith Students Serve as Forensic Scientists and Engineers

Smith Middle School 7th grade students had the opportunity to visit the BISD STEM Center on November 27 and 28. The young forensic scientists and engineers enjoyed many STEM-related team building activities.

A forensic science lesson was held in the Innovation Lab with a crime scene set up for students to analyze cells and connect them to three suspects in solving the crime. “This exercise fell in line with the current curriculum for 7th grade science,” explained BISD STEM Coordinator Joy Schwartz. “They are currently studying plant, animal and human body cells, so this was a great application of the lesson.”

In the Exploration Lab, students rotated through multiple centers which included coding to make holiday ornaments, programming Ozobot robots and coding in Scratch. They also had the opportunity to create a clock powered by potatoes.

“I always enjoy when students visit the BISD STEM Center and the Smith 7th graders were truly a joy,” said Schwartz. “The communication between them was amazing and they were very engaged with all the activities.”