A Model Science-Based Learning STEM Program Conference Paper uri icon


  • Abstract In this paper, a model STEM program called Engineering Heroes: Qatar Special Investigators (QSI), aimed to familiarize young students with science and engineering in real life applications, is presented. The program theme is about forensic science and technology, which included science and engineering activities with hands-on projects to challenge students science and critical thinking skills. Throughout the program, students learned about forensic science as an application of science, engineering and technology to collect, preserve, and analyze evidence to be used in the course of a legal investigation. Participants learned the history of forensic analysis and how it evolved into todays specialized career field. Forensic specialists include backgrounds in chemistry, physics, biology, toxicology, chemical and electrical engineering. Topics included in the program were a study of toxicology and chemical analysis, assays to determine drug contents, fingerprint development, environmental contamination, chromatography in forgery, presumptive vs. confirmatory testing, scanning electron microscopy, infrared analysis, and evidence handling techniques. The details of the program are presented, including the contents, preparation, materials used, case studies, and final crime scene investigation, which featured the learning outcomes.

name of conference

  • Volume 5: Engineering Education

published proceedings

  • Volume 5: Engineering Education

author list (cited authors)

  • Cieslinski, B., Gharib, M., Creel, B., & Katbeh, T.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Cieslinski, Benjamin||Gharib, Mohamed||Creel, Brady||Katbeh, Tala

publication date

  • January 2019