Jessica Pitt and Callum McTaggart from Fraser Coast Anglican College learning forensic science techniques at a USQ workshop.
Jessica Pitt and Callum McTaggart from Fraser Coast Anglican College learning forensic science techniques at a USQ workshop. Jocelyn Watts

Students investigate a 'murder' at USQ Fraser Coast

STUDENTS from six Fraser Coast schools will this week spend time trying to solve a "murder".

As part of the case, a mock scene has been set up in a University of Southern Queensland science laboratory, complete with wounded dummy, weapons and fake blood containing DNA.

USQ Fraser Coast School liaison officer Carly Ryder said the Mouldy Murder workshops would allow teams of students to experiment with genetics and biotechnology based around a forensic science investigation.

"The goal of these workshops is to allow students from regional areas to access advanced biotechnology," Ms Ryder said.

"During the week they will get to solve a murder in a CSI-style investigation."

USQ scientist Sunil Panchal said the workshops were about showing the high school students the exciting side of science and the intriguing world of forensics.

Teenagers from Isis State High School, Fraser Coast Anglican and St Mary's Catholic College, Xavier Catholic College, Hervey Bay State High School and Aldridge State High School will take part.

Fraser Coast Anglican College's Callum McTaggart takes a closer look at the USQ workshop.
Fraser Coast Anglican College's Callum McTaggart takes a closer look at the USQ workshop. Jocelyn Watts


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