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Patricia Stegura

Patricia Stegura

Patricia Stegura, science educator and “science enthusiast”, has taught science enrichment programs from Pre-K through middle level grades. Her current program, CSI: “Adventures in Forensics”, has been captivating students’ sleuthing skills since 2011.This program has been featured on

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CSI: "Adventures in Forensics"


Program Description

CSI: “Adventures in Forensics” is a full day, interactive and comprehensive forensics program for 4-5th grade students. All activities are “Hands on and Minds on” and your students will love becoming crime scene investigators.  Topics covered include: evidence collection, fingerprinting (latent and patent prints), DNA extraction, blood type testing and hair/fiber analysis using


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Booking / scheduling contact

Program Detail

Program type: Residency
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Science
Population Served Grade 4, Grade 5
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

October 2022-May 2023

Available times:

7:00am- 4:00pm

Space / technical requirements:

Classroom, empty area (Stage or vacant room for crime set ups),smartboard or projector with speakers, 10-12 microscopes(via inter- district loan through CMS)


Classroom or science lab, alternate space

Fees / Ticketing:

$26 per student


NC Standard Course of Study:
  1. ): R8 – Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence: Use deductive reasoning skills when evaluating written and oral testimony and comparing it to physical evidence at the crime scene to draw conclusions about the crime.

W1- Write argument to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relative and sufficient evidence.    Present findings in your case using both testimonial and physical evidence to persuade a jury of your peers.

SL4–  Present information, findings and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line or reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.  Solve the crime scenes by presenting findings that establish motive and opportunity while linking physical evidence analyzed in the lab to a suspect.

NC Essential Standards:

4.P.2 Understand the composition and properties of matter before and after they undergo a change or interaction. Observe and identify the clues that a chemical reaction took place when testing blood samples, extracting DNA and performing Kastle Meyer tests.  5.P.2 Understand the interactions of matter and energy and the changes that occur.  Understand how physical evidence can be contaminated by human collection errors and environmental conditions.  Execute 4 step crime scene protocol when using evidence collection techniques. 5.L.3 Understand why organisms differ or are similar to their parents based on the characteristics of the organism. Examine fingerprints, DNA, hair and blood types and discuss the similarities/uniqueness between populations and individuals.  Distinguish between individual and class evidence.

Supporting Materials


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



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Cancellation Policy

Patricia Stegura is not liable for failure to teach on the scheduled date(s) in the event of illness, inclement weather or circumstances beyond her control. In such cases, she will make every attempt to make alternative arrangements. Sponsors are responsible for 50% of contracted fees if program dates are canceled, except for weather or uncontrollable circumstances.