Today was the first day of our 2-day youth workshop all about forensics and crime scene investigation techniques.
We started the day by learning what fingerprints can tell us at a crime scene and how to read their unique patterns.
Next, we headed outside to learn the proper methods for investigating a crime scene. It’s important to record and label all details when you first come across a potential crime scene.
Back in our crime “lab”, Brittany taught us how to lift fingerprints from different surfaces using blue and red magnetic powder.
Another important part of solving crimes is using trace evidence from things like footprints. Brittany used biofoam to make an imprint of a student’s shoe.
Next, we learned that a common hardware item, WD-40, can be used to trace footprints at a crime scene. We headed outside to give everyone a chance to see what their footprint would look like once sprayed with the liquid, and then dusted for prints!
We were then given a murder mystery to read and solve…
We also learned how forensic scientists can remove footprints from areas that appear to be clean to the naked eye.
To finish up the day, we did a mock blood spatter analysis. Students dropped “blood” at different angles on pieces of paper to see the different shapes made the drops.
Tomorrow we will use all the skills we acquired today to help solve a murder mystery at the Museum!