Primary School Learning Challenge: Could You Be The Next CSI Investigator?

Will your primary school be carrying out the Learning Challenge of Could You Be the Next CSI Investigator in the future? If you would like to do it, an interdisciplinary Sci-High CSI Whodunit Forensic Science Event is a great way to start it off. It will fire the pupils’ interest in science by showing just what it takes to be a real-world CSI Investigator: practical skills, thinking skills and team working skills!

Your pupils will all be CSI Investigators as they work out what happened during the burglary at the school the previous evening and which of the suspects was the burglar. The role-plays are enhanced by the wearing of professional white coverall suits and other kit. Then, working in teams, the pupils examine lots of forensic exhibits and piece together the findings so that step-by-step the picture becomes much clearer. The practical includes amazing fingerprint work, DNA bar-code profiles, footwear marks, document comparison, ink chromatography, blood patterns, jig-saw physical fits and mobile phone forensics! There are real surprise results to be found, but can the pupils find them?

Finally there is a role-play Crown Court trial with a judge and jury when the people accused of the crime learn their fate! Pupils dress in costume (gown and full-bottomed wig for the judge; gowns, wigs and neckties for the barristers) and find out what all the roles of the different people in a trial are all about.

The day can be a challenge between the pupil teams with a winning team at the end, or a single challenge for the whole pupil group working together.

The event can be followed up with a variety of further activities to develop the Could You Be the Next CSI Investigator theme. We can provide a slide presentation as a basis for further discussions of the science, and trial scripts if you want to re-run the trial. Because forensic science has such a range of different scientific areas it primes a variety of learning of other scientific topics. The vivid narrative of the event provides an excellent basis for story-writing, newspaper articles and posters. We can provide forensic-related maths problems. The introduction to various job roles can be a basis for aspiration exercises as pupils imagine themselves carrying out the work in real life.

In the feedback we receive about our events, the word ‘fun’ occurs very frequently. Science is amazing and learning about it has to be fun. We have ten years experience of delivering events at primary schools and always tailor the delivery to the age and academic level of the pupils. All the activities are risk-assessed and safe. Enhanced DBS certificates for all presenters are provided. Our pricing is very competitive.

We are delivering events throughout the UK in 2020. For more information, please email or ring 07717 822078

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