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Forensic Science

Take on the roles of detective and forensic lab scientist as you investigate a simulated on-campus crime scene.

About this Workshop

Campus: Sarah Lawrence College | Rising Grades: 8,9

Determine the value of criminal evidence by experimenting with blood spatter, fingerprints, and fibers of unknown origin. Uncover the abilities and limitations of forensic science to solve mysteries, both in an on-campus mock crime scene and in famous cases throughout history. Use techniques of chromatography and hair analysis as you collaborate with your peers to examine evidence and draw conclusions about your suspects. Apply your newfound lab skills, deductive logic, and a dose of gut instinct to crack the case wide open.

Required Materials: - Laptop/tablet


Fingerprint Analysis
Lift fingerprints from a variety of objects using forensic techniques to obtain the cleanest print. Compare samples against similar prints to identify a probable suspect.

Microscope Skills
Practice microscope techniques until you have enough evidence to cross-reference hair and fiber samples found at the crime scene.

Deductive Reasoning
Whether analyzing blood spatter patterns and clothing fibers or piecing together seemingly disparate bits of evidence, you'll need to sift through an array of suspects to find the truth.

Medical Examination
Step into the role of forensic pathologists to examine bodies at a crime scene and complete a virtual autopsy.