We’ve never watched the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television show, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying this award-winning interactive exhibit about crime lab forensic science.
The museum houses three separate crime scenes and walks visitors through the steps necessary to crack their case and solve the crime. Our family was tasked with investigating the scene of a car crash.
I suspect that’s because we had young children with us. We can’t vouch for the other two cases, because we didn’t work on those, but the one we were assigned had minimal blood and gore.
We learned how important it is to take good notes and collect appropriate samples at the crime scene and what to do with the information collected. We used lab facilities to examine specimen under the microscope, crossmatch fingerprints and DNA, test for blood alcohol content, and even determine exactly what kind of shoes left the muddy prints we’d observed at the scene.
There was an unexpected twist at the end, but we were eventually able to solve the case. Afterwards, we were even issued diplomas as “Accredited Crime Scene Investigators.”