Project Description

Forensic Detective

Can you crack the case and catch the thief!? Use real forensic science techniques, like PH tests, handwriting analysis, fingerprint dusting and more to pin point the culprit.

  • Level: Suitable for Level 3 to Level 6.

  • Duration: Available in a 90 minute format only.

  • Numbers: Each workshop can cater to a maximum of 30 children. However, smaller groups have better access to equipment and the facilitator.

  • State: VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD

Learning Outcomes

  • Forensic scientists assist police in solving crimes.

  • Forensics scientists use many different scientific techniques to analyse evidence found at crime scenes.

  • Techniques used by forensic scientists include: fingerprint and footprint analysis, ink chromatography, blood analysis as well as testing the chemical properties of substances, such as pH, solubility and acid-base reactions.

  • The results of laboratory tests and analysis by forensic scientists can be used as evidence in a court case.

Activities

  • Students are presented with a fictious crime scenario, four suspects, and with evidence found at the scene. Students must complete a series of forensic analysis tasks and use their results to identify the guilty suspect.

  • Analysis tasks undertaken by the students include: ink chromatography, fingerprint analysis, footprint analysis, blood analysis and chemically testing several samples of white powder for solubility in water, pH, and acid-base reactions.

  • Students record all their findings and data on a sheet for consideration.

Curriculum Links

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives  (VCSSU073)

  • Solids, liquids and gases behave in different ways and have observable properties that help to classify them (VCSSU076)

  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083)

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SCHOOL FEEDBACK

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Sophie and Kartini provided a fun-filled workshop with relevance to the STEM program we were running. They were amazing with the children and kept them engaged.

Well done!

Will definitely look at booking again next year.

Amy Wadhwa March 5, 2019

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Please pass on a huge thanks to Sophie for another awesome presentation last week. The group was quite challenging and Sophie handled the session very well, answering all of the girls questions and interacting with them in such an engaging and caring manner. The girls all had a great time.

June 16, 2015

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A great hours presentation with lots of hands-on activities to keep the students interested. Kids: “that was awesome!”

August 26, 2015

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