Summer School Weekly Themes
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Week 1 - July 15th
Who's Who? Fingerprints & DNA
The young detectives will learn about fingerprints and how they can be used to identify an individual. They will focus on the three main areas of the fingerprint: the loop, the ring, and the arch.Students will participate in fingerprint matching, recording, observing, inspecting their own fingerprints, and looking for prints on surfaces around the scene of the crime. Once they have mastered the art of fingerprint investigation, it will be time to solve their first series of mysteries; who stole the chocolate? There’s more than just fingerprints that can be used to identify someone and later in the session we move onto the fascinating realm of DNA. Students will learn the foundation theory and practice of DNA extraction, with a chance to harvest the DNA from a strawberry!
Week 2 - July 22nd
Where and When? Identifying & Tracking
How can detectives find suspects? It’s time to learn how the police use digital information to investigate people and their whereabouts, from GPS, conversations, and phone calls. Students will take information and use it to identify the potential suspects.They will break an encrypted message from a gangster to their boss. Can we crack the code in time to determine where the money is being dropped off?
Week 3 - July 29th
What happened? Clues and Chemistry
A scene of the crime is full of clues, and now it’s time to match what is important to what is unconnected. Students will use UV lighting to scan items of clothing, potential weapons, and start to “paint a picture” of what happened. Using chemistry, they will also be able to look for a crucial clue in any crime...blood!!
Week 4 - August 5th
What if? Fibres & Physical Analysis
The environment can tell a story of someone’s activity and routine. It’s time for the detectives to dig a bit deeper into the world of forensics and get out the microscopes. What fibres can be detected to help solve the crime? Oh no! One of our vital clues, a bottle, is broken in pieces. How can everyone find the fingerprint? They have to reconstruct the broken bottle and dust for the clue. Does the fingerprint match that of the suspect?
Weeks 5 - August 12th
Who did it? Solving the crime!
The students will use skills learned in workshops from previous weeks to solve the final crime. The crime scene is set, the suspects need to be found, and the clues need inspected.It’s up to the students to determine the events that happened, from analysing the DNA and the fibres around the room to tracking the main suspects with digital devices. By now, our experts are fully prepared for the job.