C-A sleuths solving suspicious death mystery

FLINT TWP. — Whodunnit? Or whatdunnit?

That’s what students are trying to figure out in a new Principles of Biomedical Science course at Carman- Ainsworth High School where they will spend the school year investigating a staged crime scene.

In this case, it definitely wasn’t Col. Mustard with a candlestick in the billiard room or Professor Plum with a lead pipe in the library. The clues are very different from the familiar scenarios in the popular Clue board game.

The story behind the C-A crime scene is that it was a suspicious death of a woman, Anna Garcia, said Krystal Roos, C-A science teacher for the course.

Clues at the crime scene were a fingerprint, hair, blood, vomit, a syringe, unknown pills, candy, an overturned purse and an overturned glass of orange juice, Roos said.

The students practice crime scene investigation techniques, sketch the scene, take pictures and investigate each substance.

“The crime scene is an anchor assignment that we continue to return to as we learn more about Anna and try to put together the pieces of why she died, throughout the school year,” she said.

So far, students have determined the origin of all the evidence except the contents of the stomach and the purpose of the candy and syringe. In upcoming units, they will explore Anna’s health conditions that may have contributed to her death, Roos said.

The rigorous class requires that students have good lab technique and excellent observation skills. The handson nature of the class is keeping the students engaged and busy, Roos said.

“They really want to know the cause of death, but will have to wait until June, when we solve the puzzle,” she said.

Stay tuned.

Roos said the Biomedical class has generated a lot of buzz in the community. The new course is part of an exciting hands on curriculum from Project Lead The Way (PLTW). PLTW is the nation’s leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

In September, Carman-Ainsworth became the first district in Michigan to implement the PLTW curriculum in every school in the district, K-12.

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