Secondary School Science Workshop... CSI Forensics! | Fizzics Education

CSI Forensic Science

CSI Forensic Science

Evaluate the clues to determine the criminal! Can your students be super sleuths?

Crime scene investigation in your science class!

This forensic science workshop is designed to intrigue students who enjoy their science mixed with a bit of drama. Highly engaging, even for teachers! Your science students work in groups finding clues via;

  • Fingerprinting and blood typing.
  • Facial reconstruction via computer and real models.
  • Hair and fibre analysis.
  • Fluorescence of oils, plant identification and DNA comparisons.
  • Latent image detection, chromatography and shoe impression casting!
  • Evidence collection and more…

Time is also spent discussing why crime scene are isolated from the public, why certain evidence is more valuable than others and why a clear chain of evidence is needed from crime scene to the eventual court case.

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Australian ACARA Content Outcomes:

Mixtures, including solutions, contain a combination of pure substances that can be separated using a range of techniques (ACSSU113)

The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involves DNA and genes (ACSSU184)

Science knowledge can develop through collaboration and connecting ideas across the disciplines of science (ACSHE223) and (ACSHE227)

Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations (ACSHE120), (ACSHE135) and (ACSIS199)

People can use scientific knowledge to evaluate whether they should accept claims, explanations or predictions (ACSHE160)

Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed (ACSIS125)

Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims (ACSIS132) and (ACSIS234)

Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145) and (ACSIS170).

Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent with evidence (ACSIS204)

Australian National Curriculum Mapping for all our science workshops & shows

NSW Science Syllabus Content
A student:

appreciates the importance of science in their lives and the role of scientific inquiry in increasing understanding of the world around them SC4-1VA & SC5-1VA.

demonstrates confidence in making reasoned, evidence-based decisions about the current and future use and influence of science and technology, including ethical considerations SC4-3VA & SC5-3VA.

collaboratively and individually produces a plan to investigate questions and problems SC4-5WS & SC5-5WS.

explains how new biological evidence changes people’s understanding of the world SC4-14LW.

explains how biological understanding has advanced through scientific discoveries, technological developments and the needs of society SC5-15LW.

NSW K – 10 Science Syllabus mapping for all our incursions

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Science Show Demonstrations

Blood
testing

Which fake blood clumps the same? Blood types matter...

Footprint
comparison

Which suspect was outside the scene of the crime?

Dental
casts

Can you match the evidence to the right suspect?

DNA

Who left a trace behind?

Latent
imagery

Oblique lighting can pick up traces of evidence...

Soil pH
testing

Soils ain't soils!

Digital
microscopy

Hair & fibre analysis

Crime scene
simulation

Discussion of how the chain of evidence makes it to court

Fingerprinting

Fingerprints can be a calling card...

Oil
fluorescence

Different chemicals can glow differently under UV light...a clue perhaps!

Requirements

Appropriate for Years 7 to 10 with a maximum of 30 students.

Access to at least 2 electrical power sockets with a wide floor space.

10 tables around the edge of the room. Chairs are not required.

Duration 60 – 90 minutes.

Set up time 45 minutes and pack up time 30 minutes.

Cost

$390 inc. GST for a 60 minute workshop

$480 inc. GST for a 90 minute workshop.

Minimum school science visit cost is $480 inc. GST per day

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