BFA High School Students Visit Vermont State Forensics Laboratory

Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.

Action Step – Develop opportunities for students to collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize in all learning settings.

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Mr. Lane’s High School Forensics Class at Vermont State Forensics Laboratory

VFL-LogoStudents from BFA Fairfax High School in Tom Lane’s Forensics Course toured the Vermont State Forensic Laboratory (VFL) in Waterbury, VT last week. The VFL is the only forensic laboratory in the State of Vermont and provides service to the entire criminal justice system. 

Police officers representing local and state agencies, in addition to game wardens, state’s attorneys’ investigators and public defenders all bring evidence to the laboratory for examination.

This relatively-new $12.8 million facility was unveiled in October of 2010. It features state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by civilian specialists. While at the Forensics Lab. students met Serologists, Fingerprint Analysts, Chemists, DNA Specialists, Blood and Alcohol Analysts and Imaging Specialists.

Heroin Test

Robert Shipman from the Chemistry (Controlled Substance) section of the VFL demonstrates a test for heroin to BFA Forensics students.

Alcohol Analysis Demo

Amanda Bolduc from the Alcohol Analysis section of VFL has BFA student volunteer Katelyn Viar Whitaker undergo a breath analysis while students Scot Bedell, Kyle Combs, Nikki Froebel and Amanda Perry look on.

Fingerprint analysis

Lori Webert, Latent Fingerprint specialist at VFL, talks to BFA Forensics students left to right, Nikke Froebel, Sabrina Stewart Marrier, Scott Bedell, Kyle Combs, Kyle Desso and Gabe Campbell about fingerprint analysis.

The Forensic Science course at BFA is an elective that combines aspects of a broad spectrum of sciences: biology, botany, chemistry, and physics to answer questions of interest to the legal system. Students learn to observe, collect, evaluate, and interpret physical evidence following the principles of the scientific method. 

This opportunity to interact with experts in the field was highly engaging and informative for our students!

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