Can’t travel to the museum? Museum staff can bring any of our four core Traveling Forensics workshops to your school. These workshops dive into the exciting elements of forensic science in law enforcement and its potential careers. These workshops were developed to meet the needs of 6th and 12th-grade students.
This workshop is meant as an introduction to a variety of forensic science skills. The multi-station format allows students to step into the shoes of crime scene investigators and compile evidence to indict a suspect on murder charges. Students will learn to examine bloodstains, lift latent fingerprints, decipher DNA profiles, and more. Will your students solve the case?
Students step into the shoes of a forensic scientist to learn the basic components of fingerprinting and the methods used to match impressions. Students will watch live demonstrations, dust and lift fingerprints, and use evidence to catch a thief.
Students step into the shoes of a forensic scientist to solve a murder mystery! Students learn the basic components of DNA and how it can be used to catch a suspect. Students construct DNA strands with manipulatives, participate in a kinesthetic activity to understand gel-electrophoresis and isolate the DNA of a strawberry. Students also test possible murder weapons by creating blood spatter patterns and eliminate suspects by determining their blood type.
Students take on the role of a forensic pathologist by learning how an autopsy can be used to determine the cause, manner, and mechanism of death. Students will then non-surgically examine fetal pigs with various injuries and summarize on their findings on an autopsy report.
Our traveling fee is $2.50 per mile traveled to the site and back. If Museum staff travel 60 miles to your site, you can expect $300 in traveling fees. Fees cover fuel, vehicle maintenance costs, and the additional staff time. There are no travel fees for sites in the District of Columbia.