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Netflix, Snapchat as homework? Only in forensics

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Forensic investigator works at a crime scene. Krop added forensic science to their electives during the 2015-2016 school year.

Forensic investigator works at a crime scene. Krop added forensic science to their electives during the 2015-2016 school year.

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Forensic investigator works at a crime scene. Krop added forensic science to their electives during the 2015-2016 school year.

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Walking into Ashley Munzenberger’s forensic science class is like taking a step into the future. You’ll see students typing away at their laptops while watching a movie, or catching up on Netflix’s Mindhunter – but don’t worry that’s just their homework.

In forensics, technology is fully embraced. Not a single assignment is done on paper. Sites like Snapchat and Netflix are no longer distractions from your studies, but how you learn.

“When you’re working in the industry itself, everything is based on technology,” Munzenberger said. “The machinery is run from a computer a lot of the time so you need to be tech savvy.”

Students learn about more than just forensics in the class. They also learn about technology. Even the most technology inept students report feeling more confident because of the class.

“Naturally, I’m not very tech savy, but because of this class I can now I can handle any task,”  junior Francesca Filori said.

Students are assigned projects up until spring break, which include watching forensics-related netflix shows, and watching the Horror movie series, Hannibal. Students will watch the four movies in class and be assigned to present on one of the installments.

“I love being able to become a detective,” senior Amelie Larcruz said. “They’re [the projects] are fun and there is no right or wrong answers.”

The class still teaches valuable lessons.Students learn the history of forensics, how to analyze dna samples and the psychology behind murder.

“Its nice to take concepts learned in AP Biology and apply them to real situations,” senior Eliza Morton said.

Don’t let your eyes gloss over forensics when you’re filling out your subject selection sheet at the end of the year. It’s not only exciting, but educative.

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