The "Crime Lab" is a workshop in which people, by working with a realistic hit-and-run case in a forensic laboratory set-up, will have the opportunity to use methods from chemistry, biochemistry and technology.




   Description of the Experiment   

During the workshop the work format changes from teacher-pupil interaction through own investigations to group discussions.

The workshop starts with a presentation of an on-the-spot report from a videotape and the introduction by a guide. The succeeding personal hands-on activities at the workstations comprises investigations into the following items: fingerprints, shoeprint, blood, drugs, hair, soil, fibres, dental crown, bulbs, paint chips, notepad, glass, brake marks and an eyewitness report.

At the end, the participants collect the results of their investigations and try to identify the guilty out of four suspects.

   Duration   

75 minutes are required to bring each participant through the videos, the investigation of 2-5 traces and the final discussions.

   Conclusion   

Participant of the workshop experience the work in a forensic laboratory in a playful way and learn about how science and scientific methods are related to daily life

   Detailed Conclusion   

Chemical tests are playing an increasing role in the field of forensic science. Most striking is the identification of DNA as a way to prove that a sample tissue or body fluid discovered at a crime scene comes from the accused criminal.