CSI Forensic Science Events for Secondary Schools
We provide Whodunit Enrichment Events; Curriculum Support Events; Careers Events; and Promotional Events.
Whodunit Enrichment Event
An amazing CSI Whodunit Challenge Event with great science and loads of fun that has received very positive feedback from schools throughout the UK! You can choose either an aggravated burglary or kidnap scenario: there are different storylines and different evidence types in the events.
- an event for up to 70 pupils
- a crime scene examination, role-play and lots of forensic practical
- a fully structured role-play courtroom trial
- students in crime scene attire and costume
- events from two hours to a full day
- events tailored for all year groups Y7 to Y11
The offence happened at the school on the previous evening. The police have three suspects who are role-played by students. It is necessary to find out exactly what happened on the night of the crime and who was responsible!
Students examine the crime scene in full crime scene attire of white suits, masks and gloves, following a professional protocol. We role-play a police presence at the scene. Then there is a lot of forensic practical with the students working in investigation teams: blood patterns; footwear marks; fingerprints (detection, location and lifting using a variety of techniques); handwriting comparison; paper chromatography; physical fit evidence; weapon examination; DNA (including familial and the use of the National DNA Database); digital forensics, special imaging and a mystery substance. Creative and critical thinking is required to work out what the evidence means and to link it together. We discuss how forensics has changed in the last few years, consider the difference beween evidence and intelligence information, and look at some real forensic investigations.
There are remarkable twists and turns in the whodunit storyline as the evidence is examined and some big surprise outcomes!
Then, in full-day events a unique role-play courtroom trial with students as judge, jury, barrister, accused, police officer and usher. The trial is partly scripted but not fully allowing students to demonstrate their scientific knowledge and legal skills. It illustrates how science must be communicated in the real world and has a lot of humour.
As well as illustrating a wide range of forensic science, the events demonstrate important principles and procedures of the criminal justice system: the presumption of innocence, the right to silence, the right of attorney, adversarial process, jury trial, burden of proof, antecedents and mitigating factors.
Requirements from the School
We bring all the resources. We just ask the school to provide projection facilities and paper. The events can be held in a largish classroom or lab or a hall.
Example delivery models
- one group of 40 students all day
- two sequential events in a day with 30 students in each event
BTEC Nationals Level 3 Support Events
We provide events to support centres delivering BTEC Level 3 National Applied Science programmes and BTEC Level 3 Criminal and Forensic Investigation programmes. Event delivery is by a degree-qualified forensic scientist and thus introduces a professional employer perspective to the programme delivery.
BTEC Level 3 National Qualifications in Applied Science 2010, 2016
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Applied Science 2010, 2016
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science 2010, 2016
We support the following units:
- Forensic Evidence, Collection and Analysis. A full-day event based around the investigation of an aggravated burglary at the school or college. A professional crime scene examination; forensic practical including blood patterns, fingerprints, physical fit evidence, document examination, paper chromatography, footwear marks, DNA, digital evidence, hair, paint and a weapon; and a role-play courtroom trial. There are named suspects in the investigation and the practical suggests which of them was responsible. We also provide a large student workbook, the completion of which provides a strong basis for the preparation of assignments
- Forensic Fire Investigation. A full or half-day event covering fire science; investigation techniques at the scene; diagnostic scene features; information recording; accelerants analysis; real-world case studies; and student exercises.
BTEC Level 3 National Qualifications in Criminal and Forensic Investigation 2017
BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forensic Investigation 2017
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation 2017
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation 2017
We support the following units:
- Unit 4 Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice – the synoptic unit. We provide a full-day event and a student workbook in the same way as we do for Unit 23 of the Applied Science Programme. There is a professional crime scene examination of an aggravated burglary at the school and college; a lot of forensic practical including chemical, physical and biological evidence; and a role play courtroom trial at which the forensic evidence is presented. The event supports a synoptic methodology by bringing together many aspects of prior learning in the programme and applying them to a simulated real-world crime scenario.
- Unit 25 Forensic Fire Investigation. A full or half-day event covering fire science; investigation techniques at the scene; diagnostic scene features; information recording; accelerants analysis; real-world case studies; and student exercises.
If you require support for another element of the programmes, please contact us – we may be able to assist.
Requirements from the school or college
We bring all the resources. We just ask the school to provide projection facilities and white paper. The events can be held in a largish classroom or lab or a hall. The workbook is provided by email to the school or college in advance of the event and needs to be printed out for each student.
The usual delivery model is one group of up to 40 students all day.
Forensic Science Career Events
We can support careers programmes by:
- delivering an enrichment event at your school or college in which emphasis is given to the different forensic science career roles, the qualifications required, the pathways into the careers, the training programs and the progression routes
- attending at careers events, speaking informally to groups of students and demonstrating aspects of forensic science practical work.
Promotional Events, Family Learning, Adult Learning, Informal Educational Groups
We also provide events to promote a school to prospective pupils and their families; for family learning with pupils and adult family members attending together; and events forming part of Adult Education programmes.