Forensic Sciene Taster at Charleston Academy
This was my first STEM activity so I was suitably nervous but really excited and had been looking forward to it for weeks.
Myself and 4 other ambassadors arrived early to get everything set up we were greeted by June (teacher) and Pam (techncian) who were quite excited themselves!
We organised the crime scene, setting up the evidence with fingerprints, footprints, a crumpled ransom note, blood (fake of course!) and fibres. We were rather messy and careless criminals!
The students arrived and were clearly excited at the opportunity to do something out of the ordinary and quickly got into their CSI suits and booties.
They processed the crime scene, carefully photographing the evidence (and each other!) before collecting it ready to be examined in the lab.
There were 4 areas in the lab evaluating the different kinds of evidence: blood typing, chromatography from the note, fingerprinting and microscopy (me). The students examined the evidence to narrow down a list of suspects, with different blood types, colour hair, colour clothes, fingerprints and colour pens.
And yes of course there was much examining of other things under the microscope, including some kindly donated hair from a student, which was bright pink!
At the end of the afternoon we had identified the culprit and had immense fun doing so! I thoroughly loved every single minute and my face was aching from smiling all afternoon!
I can't wait for the Lab in a Lorry on 1st November : D