Students use forensic science to solve crime

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Pierra WillixBusselton Dunsborough Times
Students use forensic science to solve crime
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Students at West Busselton Primary School were given the responsibility of solving a crime last week with a scientific incursion.

CSIRO lab programs officer Jess Silva ran the incursion, which involved the students learning about forensic science solving a “real whodunnit” crime.

“They had look at things such as handwriting, fingerprints and hair samples and put them together to help to solve a crime,” she said.

“The students have learnt about scientific inquiry and have learnt skills about how to use scientific equipment.

Ms Silva said the activity was created to show students a real world example of what forensic science involved.

“They usually see a lot about forensic science on TV and we try and change the view of what they expect it to be and make it into a relevant and real world example,” she said.

“It’s really hands on and engaging and the kids really focus on what they’re doing.”

Year 6 teacher Leah Reitinger said her students had embraced the activity and were excited about solving the crime.

“They’re really engaged and I think it’s because they’re doing something a little bit different,” she said.

“This kind of science is really interesting to them and they get to use tools they don’t normally use.”

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