The Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE) supports K-12 interest in forensic science through several on-going projects. By building partnerships between research scientists and K-12 students and educators, FIRE promotes engagement in STEM fields using forensic applications.
Each year, FIRE hosts the Forensic Science Symposium, a science fair for students in 7th-12th grades to present their own original forensic science research projects. Students have the opportunity to build relationships with forensic scientist mentors and compete for cash prizes in a professional poster session. Click here for more information.
Community education partnerships are central to FIRE's mission. We support public and private K-12 teachers by offering workshops to assist with engaging student learning through the use of forensic science. FIRE coordinates visiting scientist lectures for all grade levels.
Additional opportunities to experience forensic science education are available throughout the year. Our staff frequently gives presentations at local science learning centers and to community groups. We also host internationally recognized forensic professionals during our lecture series.
FIRE also annually holds CSI:MTSU, a summer camp for high school students. This week-long day camp allows students to explore various aspects of forensic investigation, working in teams to solve a case. Click here for more information.