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Summer SAVY, Session 3 Day 4, Forensic Science (1st – 2nd)

Posted by on Thursday, June 27, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

We had another great day!  We began our day by creating our own crime story. Students wrote about a criminal, what they did, where the crime was, why they committed the crime, and how they committed the crime. They paired the story with an illustration. These were really creative!
We dove deeper into learning about how chemistry is involved in forensic science. Students have been loving the experiments. The Case of Crummy Cake provided a mystery that we needed to solve. Someone was tampering with the competition’s best cake. We needed to test different powders to discover the mystery powder that was found at a crime scene. We observed the physical properties and the chemical properties of three substances. We discovered the powders reacted differently to water and vinegar. We were able to deduce from the information to find the culprit that tampered with the cake. 
Next, we continued to work on our detective skills by examining what investigators do when there is a new crime scene. We learned the tools they use to make sure they don’t contaminate the scene with their own DNA. Then we practiced solving mysteries! Be sure to ask your forensic scientist what they learned from these experiments and activities!
As we near the end of our detective training, we will be asked to apply the skills and concepts that we have learned.  Looking forward to a great last day tomorrow.