|Crime Scene Explorations|
Overview of Crime Scene Explorations Unit
In this unit, the learners are asked to use and strengthen their observation skills as they examine evidence from crime scenes. They look at a variety of evidence including fingerprints, blood drops, soil, and white powders. In these activities, they need to compare and contrast the suspect samples with the mystery sample. Through close observation, they are be able to distinguish clues that, at first glance, appear the same.
The youth also develop critical thinking skills as they consider how reliable eyewitness testimony actually is. The have a chance to be eyewitnesses themselves and test their ability to remember details. The youth also explore several codes and see how they work. As their skills develop, they have the opportunity to devise their own code and see if others can decipher it.This unit also strengthens the learners' measurement skills. The youth are asked to use measurement throughout the unit including measuring shoe length, height, and the size of blood drops. Measuring for a purpose, such as solving a crime, enables the learners to develop a skill while doing something that they find meaningful.