Students Tour NFSTC with STEM TEC summer program

STEM TEC students look at fingerprints using an alternate light source.

For the second year, NFSTC hosted local high school students for hands-on tours to learn about forensic science on June 28, 2010. The nearly 50 students were part of the STEM TEC: Summer Career Institute, a program developed by Junior Achievement and WorkNet Pinellas that focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to build interest for emerging careers.  

Students toured the NFSTC training facility and participated in five hands-on activities:

  • Gaming technology and forensic science training
  • Cell phone forensics and digital evidence
  • Forensic testing at the crime scene (blood and drug testing)
  • Traditional and innovative techniques in finger print detection

Channel 14, the Pinellas County School Board cable TV channel, sent a camera along to capture the day. The story appears on their website at http://www.wpds.tv/ (Search for NFSTC).

A student prepares to test evidence found at a mock crime scene.

“Studying math, science and technology are the stepping stones to so many fascinating careers,” says Kevin Lothridge, CEO of NFSTC.  “Forensic scientists get to assist in keeping our communities safe and solving crime.  It’s an interesting way to apply science to a great career.”

The STEM TEC program provides career exploration and workplace readiness training to economically disadvantaged students aging from 14-16 through this four week summer program. The program consists of hands-on activities in various career industries, workplace readiness training, teambuilding, goal setting and personal motivation, in addition to employer site visits as job shadowing experiences in STEM specific fields.