Crash Course: Camp Allows Students To Use STEM Skills To Reconstruct Crash Scene

Mike Krauser
June 25, 2019 - 1:27 pm
Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Roadway Safety Camp

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago Police officers and Illinois State Troopers have been gave a group of high school students on Tuesday a crash course in traffic crash reconstruction. 

The Traffic Crash Reconstruction and Roadway Safety Camp was held in a parking lot at Guaranteed Rate Field. 

Police brought crashed vehicles and led students through the process of reconstructing the crash and attempting to determine what occurred. 

It sounded more like a math class as WBBM Newsradio observed Illinois State Trooper Lamar Horton speaking with students from Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills. 

"They are going to be new drivers and we want to get them ready to go behind the wheel," Horton said. "A fatal crash scene is the best way to promote driver safety. They get to understand why we hold lanes for so long when there is a bad crash. They get to understand what we do and why we take it so seriously."

The students were using skills they learned in the school's STEM program. 

CPD Officer Weyni Langdon was there as a representative of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. 

"The STEM program goes hand-in-hand with traffic reconstruction," she said. 

She said the program was one creative way they're using to engage kids with police officers and to promote traffic safety. 

Jason Thomas, the Executive Director Three Seeds Mentoring Group, which along with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, is behind this program, said the kids want hands-on experiences and this also gave them a look at a possible career. 

"You are doing career research, you are doing hands-on things, you are doing team building all in one activity," Thomas said. 

One student, Brianna Winters said she thought it was great. She said she wants to become a crime scene investigator. 

"You have to be precise in what you do. Your measurements have to be correct," she said. 

The students will later present their findings.