We were fortunate enough to have the Native American Summer Bridge Institute visit the Museum on Thursday morning for a class all about forensic science!
We started the morning by learning what techniques are used for examining the unique features in fingerprints…
Next, Brittany taught us how to use magnetic powder to lift latent prints off of different surfaces.
Next, we ventured downstairs to investigate a mock crime scene where an art heist had taken place!
An orange powder that glows under UV light can be used to further dust for latent prints at the scene of the crime. We had to wear these big goggles to protect our eyes from the UV light.
To finish up the class, we headed back to the classroom to use our fingerprint lifting techniques on our recently collected evidence from the crime scene.
We had a lot of fun teaching these students about forensics, and hopefully inspired some of them to pursue a career in this field! We hope they’ll come back and learn more at the Museum next year!