Workshops at the Museum

Forensic Science Workshops

Total Forensics

Total Forensics description copy: 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?

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  • Age Range: Grades 6-8
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 30 students
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Fingerprints & Impressions

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.

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  • Age Range: Grades 6-12
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 30 students
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DNA & Blood Analysis

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.

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  • Age Range: Grades 6-12
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 30 students
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Forensic Pathology

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 their findings on an autopsy report.

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  • Age Range: Grades 6-12
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 30 students
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Law & Society Workshops

Acting Out Your Rights Workshop

Students learn about constitutional rights and apply them to their own lives during a roleplaying exercise. Students will write, direct, and act out their own scenes showing how different amendments can affect police and citizens in everyday life. This workshop is the perfect complement to the Knowing Your Rights tour.

Acting Out Your Rights Workshop Currculum Standards

  • Age Range: Grades 3-8
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 35 students
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Training Simulator Workshop

Students will be able to step into the shoes of a police cadet with our Training Simulator Workshop. Students will learn about the federal laws and court precedents governing the use of force and de-escalation tactics. They will practice split-second decision-making with hypothetical scenarios before stepping into the state-of-the-art training simulator.

Training Simulator Curriculum Standards

  • Age Range: Grades 9-12
  • Time: 75 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students- Max. 24 students
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Policing Strategies

Students learn about four popular policing strategies used by departments over the last 30 years: Zero-Tolerance, Predictive, Community, and Problem-Based. Students will work together to assess the benefits and drawbacks of each and recommend a strategy based on the needs of their own communities. Students will then craft an argument citing their evidence.

Policing Strategies Curriculum Standards

  • Age Range: Grades 9-12
  • Time: 90 minutes
  • Capacity: Min. 12 students - Max 35 students

Scavenger Hunt: Capitol Hill Kidnapping

Students become the detectives in this fast-paced scavenger hunt. Students have one hour to track down the location of a prominent senator’s kidnapped child by solving puzzles, analyzing primary sources, mapping geographic coordinates, and analyzing museum artifacts. Students will work together to explore both the Exhibit Floor and in the Learning Center while utilizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

  • Age Range: Grades 6-12
  • Time: 60-75 minutes (this can be modified based on the grade level)
  • Capacity: Min. 8 students - Max 24 students
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