It was a whirlwind two hours for 24 high school students during our annual Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Training for Emerging Careers (TEC) tour. While some of them thought they were experts from watching marathons of CSI, by the afternoon every student walked away with new knowledge.
Each student participated in hands-on activities. From lifting fingerprints to testing a stain for the presence of blood, NFSTC’s expert instructors gave them an introduction to what CSI is really like. Students were also gifted with their own “CSI kit” to continue their interest in forensic science at home.
The STEM TEC program, developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas, provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students age 14-17 through a four-week summer program and year-round engagements. The program includes employer site visits to gain job awareness and interest in STEM-specific fields.