Forensic Frenzy

Type: School Excursion

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Two scenarios can be chosen – The Kidnap and Ransom of Nathan Bloom, or Blackmail and Robbery at the Nomel Estate. Students are supplied with the police report which describes the crime that has been committed including photographs and details of the four suspects. On the day, students work through 15 different activities in groups of three. By the end of the workshop students will have collected a variety of different clues and had a chance to try out techniques used by forensic scientists.

At the close of the workshop, the teacher will be provided with a complete list of all the evidence/clues that were possible to identify, and a suggested scenario of the events that may have occurred. This is a great opportunity to emphasise the importance of group work and problem solving, and how it is used in real life situations.

During the workshop students will use forensic techniques to examine evidence including:
• chromatography of inks
• identification of blood stains, fabric, soil and hair fibres
• comparison of suspects’ DNA profile with those taken from the scene
• facial identification and reconstruction and dental records
• ballistics, footprints and fingerprints
• comparison of handwriting samples, oil stains, type faces and stamp marks
• treating samples to detect the presence of hidden evidence.

Suitable for:

  • year 6
  • year 7
  • year 8
  • year 9
  • year 10

More information:

This program is appropriate for Years 6 - 10 with 30 students per session as a maximum. Each session lasts for 90 minutes.


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Provider Information

CSIRO Science Education Centre (New South Wales)

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CSIRO Science Education Centre (New South Wales)

2 Newbigin Close, Riverside Corporate Park
North Ryde, NSW, 2113

Phone: (02) 9490 8677
Fax: (02) 9490 8648
Cursions ID: 1487


Venue details:

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Staff Qualifications

At CSIRO we pride ourselves on recruiting staff whose creativity and skill matches their enthusiasm for science. Our Education staff include school teachers and science communicators with relevant tertiary qualifications, first aid and OH&S training.

Business Accreditations

CSIRO Education is one of Australia’s largest informal science education providers. Our wide range of programs reaches over a million Australian students, teachers and families every year.

As Australia’s largest research organisation,
CSIRO is committed to science education.We aim to:
• alert school students, their families and teachers to the contribution of CSIRO and other scientific research to our community
• encourage students to take up careers in science, engineering and technology
• engage and enthuse students, teachers and the wider community about science and its applications.

Further information

The Sydney CSIRO Science Education Centre (CSIROSEC) is the hub for CSIRO's education programs in New South Wales.

We offer school science programs for all levels and a number of other science programs.

Important information:

CSIRO Education is constantly updating, refining and varying programs. Check or contact us for the latest information, or to make a booking.

Additional information

Over eight decades, CSIRO has made an indelible mark on the nation through internationally renowned scientific and technological advances.

Today CSIRO is one of the most diverse research agencies in the world, busy evolving into a research enterprise with global reach. CSIRO is involved in more than 740 research activities, working with leading scientific organisations in over 80 countries with partners and customers ranging from foreign governments, small companies to large multi-nationals and international foundations.


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