Former criminalist brings the art of science to 9th graders

Many people have seen at least one episode of the crime drama CSI, which airs on KHQA -CBS.

One of that show's saying is, "science doesn't lie."

And for several classes of 9th grade honors biology at Quincy Junior High School, they got a chance to be introduced to how science helps solves many crimes.

Danyelle Harrison paid a visit to the classes.

She has a degree in bio chemistry and she used it to get a job with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a criminalist. Using science to solve crimes was her main job.

"There are a lot of opportunities in science, and whether it be in forensics or whether it be the study of plants and botany or anything like that, there are so many opportunities for kids out there. And once you get your degree in a general study, the doors are wide open," Harrison said.

During each class, a couple of the students got the chance to do some of their own criminal investigation.

Blayne Schlueter was one of them.

"I thought it was pretty cool. It was interesting seeing how things work and how actually very tedious it is and how careful you actually have to be with everything," Schlueter said.

Cheryl Vogler is the teacher and she said she likes the opportunity to get her students more interested in learning about science.

"She comes with a lot of background experience, being a criminologist and working with the St. Louis Police Department. And so she can bring to the classroom that background information that we've been talking about in class and make it a reality with what she had with her career," Vogler said.

Harrison said presentations like this encourage high school students to learn more about science and the fun things that can happen when you pursue a field like that.