CSI

'The difference was that we learned from experiments...'

Course Description

In this course students learn how law enforcement uses science to catch criminals. During the week students will become members of a crime scene unit and learn how to process a crime scene, gather evidence and analyze data. They will learn about fingerprints, fibers, hair, dental impressions, tool marks, blood spatter and much more.

Key Topics: Data Analysis • Crime Scene Etiquette • Gathering Evidence

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Course Highlights

Fingerprint Analysis

Fingerprint Analysis

Fingerprint Analysis

Students learn that fingerprints are even more unique than DNA and use the Fingerprint Powder Method to dust for prints in a mock crime scene and analyze them to identify potential suspects.  

Ink Chromatography

Ink Chromatography

Ink Chromatography

Students use paper chromatography to separate ink found at the crime scene into components based on solubility and then compare results to the composition of known ink.

Crime Scene

Crime Scene

Crime Scene

In the final activity, students practice all the forensic techniques they have learned during the week to analyze a mock crime scene.  Students collect and examine trace evidence including glass, hair and fibers and collect prints.

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Crime Scenes Solved