CLUB PHILLY FORENSICS: “WHAT’S THE SCENARIO?”–SATURDAY WORKSHOP SERIES FOR AGES 12 to 18 BEGINS SEPT. 23RD.
WHERE: GRACE EPIPHANY CHURCH
224 E Gowen Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 (Northwest Philadelphia)
corner of Ardleigh Ave. & Gowen St. , on street parking is available
Enter through the red door marked “Auditorium” and follow the “Club Philly Forensics” signage
- September 23rd
- October 7th
- October 21
- November 4th
- November 18th
- December 2nd
- December 16th
$20.00 per workshop (supplies and a snack included)
This Fall/Winter workshop series “WHAT’S THE SCENARIO?” will meet twice a month on Saturdays from 10:30am to 11:30am.
- AWIFS will introduce participants to Forensic Drug Chemistry (Forensic Drug Analysis), Forensic DNA Analysis, Firearms Examination and Crime Scene Investigation through hands-on activities and discussions with real forensic professionals about education, training and career opportunities in the forensic science field. With a combined experience of over 30 years in forensic science, Club Philly Forensics has succeeded in spreading awareness about the importance of forensic science education to the general public.
- For ages 12-18
- Participants will also receive helpful career advice from forensic professionals and resources about forensic/STEM programs
- Please complete a permission slip and bring it to class. Students under 18 will not be allowed to participate without a signed permission slip by a parent/guardian.
CLICK HERE TO PRINT PERMISSION SLIP
All Workshops are Non-Refundable.
Antoinette T. Thwaites| Forensic Scientist
Jamila Howard, M.S.F.S| Forensic Scientist
Mark Williford | Firearms Expert
September 23rd-Session 1: A MIXTURE OF WHAT? $20.00
Examine an unknown substance to determine its identity. Participants will learn about the following through a hands-on scenario:
- Separation techniques such as chromatography for determining the components in their unknown substance.
- Examination, Observation and Documentation
- Chain of Custody and Evidence Handling
- Presentation of their conclusions to their class as a group.
October 7th-Session 2: FIRST IMPRESSION $20.00
An unknown pill or the packaging of a substance can be inscribed with a logo or an impression. Participants will learn about the following through a hands-on scenario:
- Liquid Extraction
- Chain of Custody and Evidence Handling
- Examination, Observation and Documentation
- Presentation of their conclusions to the class as a group.
October 21-Session 3: PICTURE THIS $20.00
There is plenty of note-taking and descriptive writing during the analysis process; documenting the correct results with a supporting conclusion is important. At the conclusion of this workshop series, participants will present their final report explaining the substances they analyzed, the techniques and methods they used and their conclusions.
November 4th-WHO DOES WHAT: UNCOVERING THE FORENSICS TEAM $20.00
What are the duties of various forensic specialists and how do they help the criminal justice system in solving crime? Participants will learn about the common job titles and duties within the forensics field through a hands-on scenario and group discussion.
November 18th-INSIDE YOUR DNA $20.00
Particpants will learn about Forensic DNA Analysis through a crime scene scenario.
December 2nd-SOCIAL MEDIA AND DRUGS: A DRUG AWARENESS ACTIVITY $20.00
Instagram, one of the most popular visual storytelling social media mobile apps is used by millions of people to upload and share photos and videos. For this workshop, several clues will be posted to the @clubphillyforensics Instagram page to help unravel the identity of a mystery substance. Participants will need a smartphone with an Instagram app to solve the mysterious substance clues. Weeks prior to class, participants will investigate the clues posted to @clubphillyforensics. The identity of the mystery substance(s) will be revealed and discussed on the day of the workshop along with a hands-on scenario.
December 16th-MOCK TRIAL $20.00
Participants will present their results and conclusions from a scenario that includes techniques from previous workshops.
January 27th-Colorful Crawlers Part 1 $20.00
A colorful chemistry hands-on experience with some well known food products while learning about chromatography. We will also complete a drug facts trivia in honor of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDFAW)
Dates for January 2018 to be announced, no classes in February. SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN FEBRUARY 2018.
FREE PARENT INFORMATION SESSION
Dates for January 2018 to be announced, no classes in February. SPRING/SUMMER SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED IN FEBRUARY 2018
HOST AN AFTER-SCHOOL FORENSIC SCIENCE CLUB FOR TWEENS & TEENS AT YOUR SCHOOL/ORGANIZATION.
Interested in an after- school forensic science program for your school/organization? Club Philly Forensics is a mobile program, so if you’re unable to bring the students to us, we’ll bring the club to you!
AWIFS will provide forensic science professionals and activities at your site to engage your students in various forensic disciplines and techniques used in forensic science. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information.
This workshop is for grades 5th thru 12th
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CLUB PHILLY FORENSICS @THE SOUP FACTORY STUDIO in PHILLY!
Contact us to schedule a forensics workshop for a group of 15 or more at the Soup Factory Studio in Philadelphia, PA (Germantown section)
The Soup Factory Studio is located inside The Lofts @ Kendrick Mill. near the Settlement Music Academy between East Pastorius Street and West Tulpehocken Street. The Main entrance is on Pastorius Street at the door with the black awning ” The Lofts @Kendrick Mill” Suite 210 (“blackeye soup/Joshua Black”). Residential parking is nearby.
*Pre-registration is required for all workshops. This is a prepaid nonrefundable workshop. Payment is due in full at registration. Permission slips are required per student and must be completed and returned prior to participating in all workshops.
WHY CLUB PHILLY FORENSICS?
Workshops are designed to meet the following learning outcomes:
- Hands-on forensic science activities
- College preparation and enrichment program resources
- forensic science & STEM career/educational information
- Mentoring by forensic professionals
- Guest speakers from forensic science specialty areas
- Science based workshops designed to develop student’s awareness of forensic science, applications and techniques used by forensic science experts.
- Introduce and develop the skills, understanding and knowledge of scientific processes and the importance of forensic experts in the criminal justice system.
- Enhance student skills to problem solve, organize and pay attention to detail by distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information.
- Learn how physical, social and life science play a role in criminal investigations.
- Apply critical thinking , communication and problem solving skills.
- Awareness of various careers in forensic science and education requirements.
- Corporate , sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available. Contact email@example.com for additional information.
Drug Awareness/Prevention Workshops
Teenagers are often negatively influenced by music and television that depict drug abuse and addiction. Unfortunately, many parents and teens are uninformed about drug slang names that mask messages about drug use and trafficking, and how it could be glorified in music. We developed this workshop to effectively communicate with teens about drug messages used in music and how it can negatively affect their choices. Speaking their language is key to dispel the myths about drug abuse and addiction.
Publications we use: ” Heads Up: Real News About Drugs And Your Body” is a drug education series from scholastic and the scientists of The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). They joined forces to publish informative and engaging publications to educate teenagers about the effects of drugs on the brain and body. Students will receive free publications provided by NIDA and complete activities that will test their knowledge of drug abuse. Forensic chemistry, a career in forensic science will also be included to engage students in science. AWIFS will educate the teen community in Philadelphia about the dangers of drugs and drug abuse through drug prevention publications provided by The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), exploration of lyrics in various genres of music that promote and depict drugs and drug abuse and the role that a forensic chemist plays in identifying and confirming controlled substances.
- NEWS FLASH: AWIFS, The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Southwest Nu-Stop Inc. hosted the first “National Drug Facts Week: Shatter The Myths” in Philadelphia on Saturday November 13, 2010 to bring scientists, drug prevention/treatment, youth organizations and the teen community together to discuss the facts about drugs and drug abuse.
STEM Expos, Career Fairs & Panel Discussio
We are accepting career day requests at this time
Community Service Credit
AWIFS will accept high-school students as volunteers to assist us at our forensic science workshops and events. Students with an interest in forensic science will be considered. For more details, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org