Super Sleuths Learn The Science Behind Solving Crimes


Pupils at Pilgrim Academy turned super sleuths as they took on the roles of CSI investigators during a Hands On Science project.

Led by Laurel Armstrong, a Scientist and Teacher from Hands On Science, the pupils were presented with a crime and were tasked with identifying the culprit by using fingerprint and footprint technology. The project was part of the theme of Crime and Punishment.

The children were shown the different types of fingerprints that exist and were then able to take their own prints and discover what they were. The arch was the most common and the whorl the least. The children then learnt about footprints. They had to solve the crime at the house of Colonel Huntinshootinfishin. The children analysed different shoes in order to identify the tread pattern and then took a plaster mould which enabled them to identify the thief.

Laurel said: "The pupils were shown how we use science to identify people from their fingerprints and also their footprints at a crime scene. We gave them a made-up crime to solve, which developed both their investigative and group-working skills. They really enjoyed the task."


Pilgrim Academy CSI Day. Ava Crockett examines the evidence more closely.


Laurel Armstrong, Scientist and Teacher from Hands On Science, who Created a CSI fingerprint and footprint unit in the classroom at Pilgrim Academy. She is pictured with Brooke Gibson and Kaitlyn Brown.


Juanita Otu and Sophie Chapman work on a footprint.


Freddie Guest, Kaitlyn Brown, Brooke Gibson and Robert Buzea work together to solve the crime.


Dusting for fingerprints.

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