Student CSI Members Take Part In Unique Contest At Elizabeth School

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ELIZABETH–The Benedictine Academy CSI Science contest held at the school on Saturday, Sept. 25, brought together a total of 13 teams, 11 schools, and 100 students, teachers, parents, and principals. The first place award was given to Maria L. Varisco-Rogers Charter School in Newark. Second place went to St. Genevieve’s School, Elizabeth. Third place was awarded to Ann Street School in Newark.

Girls in grades 6-8 from area schools participated in the event, which featured teams of 3-6 students, along with a faculty advisor, performing basic crime lab investigations. Spread out in numerous “investigation rooms” (classrooms), and working in Benedictine Academy’s new interactive science lab, the “crime scene investigators” pieced together clues from evidence presented to the various investigative teams.

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Members of the Elizabeth Police Department’s “Crime Scene Investigation” unit were on hand to lend instruction and offer insights into how the unit conducts investigations. The young “investigators” collected crime scene evidence such as fingerprint smudges,  “blood”, and “DNA”, and then examined it in the science lab using microscopes and other equipment.

Benedictine Academy science department faculty member Tom Randle coordinated the event. Due to demand, a second date for a CSI Science contest will be planned at Benedictine Academy for the spring.

Winners from three of the elementary schools that participated in Benedictine Academy’s “CSI Science Contest” on September 25 show their award certificates. The first place award was given to Maria L. Varisco-Rogers Charter School in Newark; second place went to St. Genevieve’s School, Elizabeth; and third place was awarded to Ann Street School in Newark.  The Benedictine Academy CSI Science contest held at the school’s Elizabeth campus brought together a total of 13 teams, 11 schools, and 100 students, teachers, parents, and principals.

Students were totally engrossed in examining “evidence” during the “CSI Science Contest” held at Benedictine Academy on September 25. Girls in grades 6-8 from area schools participated in the event, which featured teams of 3-6 students, along with a faculty advisor, performing basic crime lab investigations.

Making the “investigations” as realistic as possible, the Elizabeth Police Department went out of its way to create “crime scenes” for students to explore during the “CSI Science Contest” at Benedictine Academy. Spread out in numerous “investigation rooms” (classrooms), and then working in Benedictine Academy’s new interactive science lab, the “crime scene investigators” (students) pieced together clues from evidence presented to the various investigative teams. Pictured are several participating students checking some of the evidence under the microscopes in the Academy’s lab.

Members of the Elizabeth Police Department’s “Crime Scene Investigation” unit were on hand at Benedictine Academy’s “CSI Science Contest” to lend instruction and offer insights into how the unit conducts investigations. Police Sergeant Mike Jones and Team members helped the students collect crime scene evidence such as fingerprint smudges, “blood”, and “DNA”. Participants then examined it in the science lab using microscopes and other equipment. Pictured with contest participants are Elizabeth Police Department Detectives Nerieda Cortez (left) and Tom Koczur (rear).

Tom Randle (far left, foreground), faculty member in the Science Department at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth , supervises the student “investigators” in the school’s new interactive science lab during the “CSI Science Contest” on September 25. The young “investigators” enjoyed the bonus of working in a brand new lab complete with the “LabQuest” program which offers state-of-the-art technology such as probes and embedded labs with real-time data analysis. Due to demand, a second date for a CSI Science contest will be planned at Benedictine Academy for the spring.

Visiting students examine “evidence” under the microscope in Benedictine Academy’s new science lab during the “CSI Science Contest” held at the school on September 25. Girls in grades 6-8 from area schools participated in the event, which featured teams of 3-6 students, along with a faculty advisor, performing basic crime lab investigations. The Benedictine Academy CSI Contest held at the school’s Elizabeth campus brought together a total of 13 teams, 11 schools, and 100 students, teachers, parents, and principals.


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