Forensic science workshop
This workshop will transport the children to experience a day in the life of a forensic scientist. Through guidance, the students will be provided with the knowledge and tools to carry out their very own forensic investigation. The workshop will also use role-play to educate the children on the differences between non-scientific evidence, scientific evidence and how to apply this to solve a crime.
The students will also be briefed on the importance of working as a team, what contamination means and how it can affect an investigation, and most importantly developing analytical and observational skills.
In a group, the students will learn how to use the information they have gathered and by process of elimination begin to fine-tune their investigation to conclude their findings. In detail, the workshop will focus on the key scientific elements of DNA and how to obtain this at a crime scene while allowing the children to develop their teamwork and problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive way.
The children will experience different types of scientific enquiries, including practical activities, and begin to recognise ways in which they might answer scientific questions while using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
The session will also enable the students to gather and recording data to help in answering questions to then further encourage them to talk about what they have found out and how they found it out.
With assistance, they will begin to record and communicate their findings in a range of ways and begin to use simple scientific language.
Key Learning Points
A developed basic knowledge of forensic science
An insight to the life of a forensic scientist
A developed range of skills used for problem solving
Identifying what can be used as scientific evidence