Education and Training

Kolibri volunteers and/or board members are available to present educational or training activities to a wide variety of audiences from elementary school classes to professional organizations and conferences.  Some of the subjects we can present upon:
Forensic Science- Myth and Reality
                  The increased interest in forensics due to such programs as CSI and Bones 
                  have left many people with a misunderstanding of how forensics works and 
                  the abilities of forensics teams.  This presentation can help clear up 
                  these misconceptions and falsehoods.  

                  Appropriate audiences: can be tailored to any age group or knowledge level

Forensics Field Day
                  Getting one's hands "dirty" is often the best way to learn about a subject.  We 
                  can offer a simulated forensic case featuring one of a number of specific                           topics.  An example would be teaching a class how human skeletons are  
                  located, excavated, documented, recovered and identified by forensic 
                  anthropologists and archaeologists.  Another option is showing how 
                  fingerprints are located, enhanced and identified.

                  Appropriate audiences: Will depend upon the subject matter but generally 
                  we can present to any group from teaching kindergartners about their 
                  fingerprints to showing professionals the finer points of forensic techniques.

The Science of Aircraft Crashes
                 Aircraft crashes are often misunderstood by the general public who believe 
                 that they are almost always fatal.  In reality, most people involved in such 
                 events survive and the chances of being involved in a crash are very small for 
                 the average person.  This presentation covers how aircraft work, how they 
                 are flown, some of the ways accidents occur, how they are prevented and the 
                 science of crash survivability (how people get hurt and how it can be 
                 prevented).  

                 Appropriate audiences: High school students and beyond.  This presentation 
                 can be modified to simply be about how aircraft work and are used so as to 
                 be appropriate for younger audiences.

Amelia Earhart: Fact versus Fiction
                Ever since her loss in the south Pacific in 1937, Amelia Earhart has become a 
                part of the fabric of American culture.  Lionized as a heroine and strong 
                independent woman (despite the fact that much of her fame was the product 
                of the effots of her media magnate husband), she has been the subject of 
                myth, legend and even a few conspiracy theories. For nearly thirty years, 
                various groups have used her as a money making opportunity by peddling 
                unscientific ideas about her fate.  
  
                This presentation reviews the facts of the case and separates the lies, the 
                mythology and the sales pitches from the cold hard reality of who Amelia 
                was and what happened to her.  It also covers some of the brave and 
                pioneering women- Bessie Coleman, Amy Johnson, Helen Richey (a distant 
                relative of our executive director!) and others- who have been denied their 
                rightful place in both aviation history and the story of the struggle for 
                equality because of the mythology that is the Earhart legend. 

                 Appropriate audiences: High school students and beyond.  This presentation 
                 can be modified to so as to be appropriate for younger audiences.


Scuba: The Science, the Sport and the Fun
                 A fun and entertaining look at the history, technology and excitement of                          scuba diving and how it has helped advance science and history.  Chances
                 to get to see, touch and try on the equipment will be provided (NOTE: 
                 DOES NOT INVOLVE GETTING INTO WATER)

                 Appropriate audiences: Can be tailored to any age group. 


Sonar: Seeing Underwater with Sound
                One of the easiest ways to find things underwater is through the use of sonar.  
                Developed largely to hunt enemy submarines, it has gone on to become the 
                tool of fisherman, search teams, historians and archaeologists.  We will show 
                how sonar works, how it has changed over the years and the ways in which we 
                use it to find missing persons and missing boats and aircraft.

               Appropriate audiences: Can be tailored to any age group.

Technical subject matters: 
              -Aquatic taphonomy (the fate of human remains in aquatic environments)
              -Injury biomechanics
              -Specific missing persons or missing aircraft case reviews (MH370, etc)
              -Hazardous aquatic life
              -Death investigation
              
Do you want to schedule a presentation? Are you interested in a subject that you do not see listed?  Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] and we can discuss how our team can help teach your class or group.