After our fun trip to Museum of Science & Industry, we welcomed two wonderful ladies from International Museum of Surgical Science.  All about bones! Ms. Kristen and her co-worker Ms. Bridgette brought such a mystery activity for our crews.  Before getting into the activity, Ms. Kristen and Ms. Bridgette introduced Surgical Museum and presented different types of bones in forensic perspectives.

Our crews were split into two groups to find out mystery in King Richard III.  It is still on-going debate among many intellectuals and scholars.  With all the findings and facts, this mystery in King Richard III has been brought to Forensic Investigators crews.  In each group, everyone has been assigned different task to work on as a historian, an archeologist, a biologist, and an ancient scholar.  As a group, they had to come up with a decision if the bones discovered 600 years ago belong to Richard III or not.  Our crews spent half an hour to analyze the sources and the current findings.  Then it’s time to unveil the mystery!  First group with Ms. Kristen’s help came up with the verdict that it is King Richard III.  Tanaya claimed, “Its DNA 64% matches King Richard III and that’s clear enough it’s King Richard III.”  Oliver from the other group argued, “The numbers, percentage doesn’t tell everything unless it’s above 90%. Other documents here do not prove it is him.  There isn’t enough evidence to prove it.”  “So do you all disagree it is him?” I asked everyone in Oliver’s group.  Their final verdict was it is not King Richard III.  It wasn’t right-or-wrong-answer activity, but more likely to see how our teenage crews could prove something with limited resources.  Everyone did such a wonderful job!  Some of them still think forensics is boring.  It is very true that not like TV shows, sometimes forensics is boring.  With the fact that it’s not all about catching bad guys, but more of actual work—analysis.

Our final lesson of the week was Blood Spatter with Mr. Pete Hill, one of the most amazing scientists!  Mr. Pete started his lesson with a short intro to Blood Patterns by gun and knife.  Such an interesting lesson!  Our crews were very engaged into each and every slide Mr. Pete presented.  Our next step was to plunge into a hands-on work with blood!  Blood patterns from different angles. 90* 60* 45* Spatter. Wipe. Low Velocity Drop.  Each crew was assigned to make a 3-4-5 paper triangle to measure the angle as they drop the blood.  Mr. Pete guided each crew step by step so that everyone could have a chance to experiment from all angles and patterns.  Everyone so much enjoyed dropping the blood J  We learned that these blood patterns do show the criminal’s behavior, attacking point, and directions.  We had only little time left before dismissed so Mr. Pete had the crews taste just a little bit what fingerprints lab is like.  The rest to be continued next week with a real crime scene investigation.

Here’s some pictures of our experience!

Week 2-2 - g Week 2-2 - f Week 2-2 - e Week 2-2 - d Week 2-2 - c Week 2-2 - a

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