A Lesson in Forensic Anthropology
Since 2015, Carrollwood Day School has partnered with both the University of South Florida and Nielsen Company to create gateways to better engage students in meaningful STEEM activities and spark an interest in STEEM education and career fields. These partnerships align with Carrollwood Day School’s mission to “create entrepreneurial thinkers for a global society” and enables students to share real life experiences and connect the classroom to STEEM careers. These partnerships also provide CDS faculty unique opportunities for professional growth through informal learning and collaboration with experts from diverse professional backgrounds.
On March 1, it was the MS faculty’s turn to learn. They were invited to attend Erin Kimmerle, Ph.D. (USF Associate Professor, USF Department of Anthropology and CDS parent) Trail Blazers presentation "Bones in Public Space: The Florida Cold Case Problem” at the University Club of Tampa. USF College of Arts and Sciences hosts Trail Blazer events to showcase outstanding faculty members and their latest research to USF alumni and donors.
Dr. Kimmerle discussed her approach to tackling the growing problem of unsolved homicides in Florida through scientific innovation and multidisciplinary research teams. She also talked about the development of The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences (IFAAS) and presented some of the important work she and her team are doing with the Dozier Reform School and the newly established Outdoor Research Facility for studies in decomposition and outdoor crime scenes.
All 7th graders had the opportunity this year to visit the The Florida Institute for Forensic Anthropology and Applied Sciences at the University of South Florida. On March 26, upper school DP biology students will visit USF’s Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), the university's state of the art medical simulation training center.
CDS is honored to bring these exceptional partnership opportunities to our faculty and students. These notable professional development and student engagement experiences help make tech and STEM learning authentic. Engaging students in real-world STEM activities fuels their interest in STEM careers.