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ERIC Number: EJ722396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Trial by Science: A Forensic Extravaganza
Hunt, Vanessa
Science Scope, v27 n8 p22-26 May 2004
"His handwriting checks out and his prints look pretty good. Move him to the top of the list," orders the 13-year-old captain. His co-detective makes appropriate procedural notes. "Bring the next one up. Get a foot measurement and let Andre print him before we talk." In another corner of the room, two girls administer a solemn oath to one of six appropriately evasive "suspects" while a third helps herself to a sample of his hair for microscopic analysis. Fingerprinting, measurement, and microscopy centers set up throughout the classroom, are buzzing with activity as teams of amateur sleuths work to bring a criminal to justice. The scene described is from a forensic science activity the author designed for a weekend event at the Museum of Natural Science at Louisiana State University. Originally intended to demonstrate some of the basics of forensic science through a crime-solving activity aimed at middle level students, the author later found this activity translates easily to a regular classroom setting for holidays and the end of the year. A fair amount of preparation is necessary, but several grades can participate simultaneously, as can visiting parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A