Performance Task

Below is a sample Performance Task from the Defined STEM library called: "Forensic Scientist".

Defined STEM - Performance Task - Forensic Scientist

Performance Task : Forensic Scientist ( Grade 10 )

As a finalist for a forensic scientist position available with regional law enforcement, you will need to demonstrate an understanding of various evidence-gathering techniques, and the ability to apply scientific principles in order to determine the value of the evidence. Part of your job will be to educate law enforcement and the entire community concerning forensic science. Additionally, the successful applicant will need to provide solid evidence to the district attorney's office to gain convictions in criminal cases.

Understandings (Big Ideas)

  • DNA segments contain information for the production of proteins necessary for the growth and function of cells.
  • A technological world requires that humans develop capabilities to solve technological challenges and improve products for the way we live.
  • Forces can act upon an object to change the position, direction, and/or speed of its motion.

Essential Questions

  • Why is DNA called the "blueprint of life"?
  • How have technological developments impacted devices, processes, and systems for the way we live?
  • How are the forces acting on an object related to its motion?
  • Collection and preservation of blood evidence from crime scenes.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Crime scene 101: Locating and documenting evidence.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 7.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    4th - 5th 4.51 - 7.73 740 - 1010
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
  • Crime scene photography: Capturing the scene.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Dusting for fingerprints -- It ain't CSI.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Eureka moment that led to the discovery of DNA fingerprinting.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Fast forensic test can match suspects' DNA with crime samples in four hours.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Fingerprinting With Light Shows Promise For Improved Crime-fighting.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Forensic breakthrough: Recovering fingerprints on fabrics could turn clothes into silent witnesses.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Forensics focuses on digital photography.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Forensics, DNA fingerprinting, and CODIS.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Hair color of unknown offenders is no longer a secret.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • How does fingerprint powder work.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Importance of still photography at scene of crime: Forensic vs. judicial perspective.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.4

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Is blood spatter evidence in criminal cases valid.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.3

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Is fingerprint evidence sound science.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • New method developed to capture fingerprints on difficult surfaces.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • New way to analyze a bloody crime scene: Chicken wing sauce and trigonometry brought to bear on CSI enigma.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Portrait in DNA: Can forensic analysis yield police-style sketches of suspects.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 13.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Real crime scene investigation of blood spatter patterns.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Research team moves towards on-site DNA fingerprinting.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Seeing the invisible: New 'CSI tool' visualizes bloodstains and other substances.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Solving crimes using fingerprints is an inexact science.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
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