A model science-based learning stem program

Benjamin Cieslinski, Mohamed Gharib, Brady Creel, Tala Katbeh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In this paper, a model STEM program called Engineering Heroes: Qatar Special Investigators (QSI), aimed to familiarize young students with science and engineering in real life applications, is presented. The program theme is about forensic science and technology, which included science and engineering activities with hands-on projects to challenge students’ science and critical thinking skills. Throughout the program, students learned about forensic science as an application of science, engineering and technology to collect, preserve, and analyze evidence to be used in the course of a legal investigation. Participants learned the history of forensic analysis and how it evolved into today’s specialized career field. Forensic specialists include backgrounds in chemistry, physics, biology, toxicology, chemical and electrical engineering. Topics included in the program were a study of toxicology and chemical analysis, assays to determine drug contents, fingerprint development, environmental contamination, chromatography in forgery, presumptive vs. confirmatory testing, scanning electron microscopy, infrared analysis, and evidence handling techniques. The details of the program are presented, including the contents, preparation, materials used, case studies, and final crime scene investigation, which featured the learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering Education
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791859421
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
EventASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2019 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 11 Nov 201914 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE)


ConferenceASME 2019 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2019
CountryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City



  • Forensic Science
  • K-12 Education
  • STEM Education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

Cite this

Cieslinski, B., Gharib, M., Creel, B., & Katbeh, T. (2019). A model science-based learning stem program. In Engineering Education (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE); Vol. 5). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2019-10352