A brief introduction to the world of forensic science. A simulated crime scene will be set-up in the classroom allowing pupils to explore evidence types and significant exhibits useful to the investigation. During the session, pupils will be introduced to basic crime scene examination skills including fingerprint lifting and footwear casting.

The session will take your students through an introduction to what university is and why they might want to go to university. We’ll think about what STEM is, STEM degrees, and potential STEM careers discussing the opportunities available both at university and after completing a degree. Our staff will guide students through exploring a simulated crime scene, identifying evidence types that are present and considering how it’s possible to link suspects to a crime. Students will then get to have a go at lifting their very own fingerprints using the same equipment employed in crime scene investigations. Our team will guide students through every step and answer any questions about Higher Education and studying at university.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the types of evidence that would be looked for at a crime scene and why this may be valuable.
  • To understand why digital forensics can be useful in criminal cases. To think about the evidence at a crime scene more in depth- i.e. how this may be analysed within a laboratory and processed.
  • To use what has been learned to formulate ideas and opinions about what may have happened and why- this involves looking at the physical evidence, time frames and motives of suspects collectively. This can then be used to ‘solve the crime’ and conclude a suspect with reasonable cause.

Please note this activity is capped at 30 pupils per session.

Online Alternative

Unfortunately, there currently is no online alternative for this session. However, our KS2 and KS4 Teacher’s Guides contain a series of lesson plans and supporting activities for you to deliver to your pupils. Please visit our Teacher’s Resources page in your dashboard.

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CSI: Crack the Case
Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Year 9, Year 10, Year 11
1 Hour, Half day
Gatsby Benchmark:
2, 7
Regional Progression Framework:
Introductory, Developmental
Learning Objective:
LO1, LO2, LO3, LO6
NERUPI Framework:
Know, Choose, Understand
1, 2
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