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STEM Behind Hollywood: Body of Evidence for TI-84 Plus C SE
Published by KermMartian on January 23, 2015 at 1:46:29 AM CST | Discuss this article (1)

If you've been following Cemetech's efforts to create educational software for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition calculator, you probably are already familiar with my TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition versions of Texas Instruments' STEM Behind Hollywood activities for the TI-Nspire. The first activity, Earth Impact!, was released in October, followed closely by Zombie Apocalypse Part 1. Last week, I presented Zombie Apocalypse Part 2, and ten days later, I am thrilled to add Body of Evidence for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition

In Body of Evidence, your students play the role of an experienced forensic anthropologist. A decomposing body is found in a field, and they'll need to apply forensic techniques to identify the victim. Students will learn about forensic anthropology, the stages of decomposition, and the STEM jobs involved in identifying bodies as they help solve this case. The activity presents the scenario, takes students through a simulated decomposition that graphically demonstrates the stages of decomposition, and presents graphs explaining the effects of the environment on decomposition. In the end, students will match the corpse to one of four missing persons, and explore further enrichment information about forensics. This is a direct translation of TI's STEM Behind Hollywood activity, "Body of Evidence", for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. Made for Doors CSE 8.1 or higher, it provides the same fun, real-world lessons about forensic science. Besides the on-calculator activity itself, it includes thorough teacher notes and a student handout, both heavily adapted from TI's original material. We would love to hear your feedback in the attached topic if you use this activity in your own classroom, and we hope to soon present a port of the fifth STEM Behind Hollywood activity, Science Friction, for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition. We respectfully salute Texas Instruments and their hard work in creating the original material for this activity.

Download:
Body of Evidence activity for the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition



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