Shivani Lamba is the Director of Forensic Outreach, an organisation founded in 2001 which aims to incorporate forensic science within the science curriculum in the UK and Europe. It has delivered programmes to over 100 academic institutions and charities.
Over the past decade, we’ve witnessed the emergence of forensic science as a cross-disciplinary approach to basic science education in both primary and secondary school.
In most cases, this routinely involves a mock criminal investigation centred around a murder, and is situated almost exclusively within the science classroom. The BTEC in applied science, for example, which incorporates a fairly extensive forensic science component in its curriculum, has further catalysed the adoption of this model in classrooms throughout the UK, ensuring that theoretical science is given an authentic practical element.