ITC Forensic Science Students Conduct Field Research on Seneca Lake

     Published on 6/5/15   Tagged under:    District News   

ITC students enrolled in the Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Forensic Science class had the opportunity to participate in outdoor scientific field research on Seneca Lake using the William Scandling, Hobart and William Smith Colleges' 65-foot research vessel.
 
The “Science on Seneca” program is an EPA award-winning environmental education program that was created to provide students with an authentic experience in the collection, analysis and sharing of scientific data. ITC students conducted field-based data collection using state-of-the art equipment. Students collected samples and analyzed them for some of the following parameters: Physics (Water Clarity, Water Temperature Profile), Chemistry (pH, Chloride Ion Concentration, Dissolved Oxygen, Hardness), Biology (Biological Diversity) and Geology (Sediment Character).
 
ITC science teacher Ann Furcinito said she wanted to give her students the experience of current methodologies that professional scientists utilize. When dredge samples were obtained from a ten meter water depth, students discovered a bone from a small animal. They will be analyzing this forensic science mystery, as well as the various samples collected.
 
According to Forensic Science student Kim La, this field experience was invaluable. “This was the best field trip I’ve ever participated in,” she said. “I learned about new subjects that I never expected to find interesting! The soil sampling, the water testing and the technologies were fascinating.  It reinforces my love of science.”
 
Media students in Nick Lisi’s Advanced Digital Multimedia class also joined the expedition to take video and photographs, which they will use to produce a video project based on the experience. Fourth-year media student Maggali Cole commented, “This was more real-life as far as taking photographs. It was fun to combine media with science!”

Explore alongside the students by clicking through our Flickr album from the trip >>>