Hi! It’s Tuesday, November 16, 2010 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
CSI: Forensic Science Web Adventures
Age Range: 11 and up (Middle School, High School and Beyond with parental guidance/supervision)
This website from Rice University in conjunction with CBS, the National Science Foundation and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, offers free interactive forensic science investigations based on the CSI television series. You become a CSI investigator, analyze the forensic evidence, and test your investigative and problem-solving skills to crack the case!
If you aren’t familiar with CSI (Crime Scene Investigation), you should know that the object of each activity is to investigate a crime scene that involves a death and/or homicide. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should preview the site to determine suitability of content.
This is a multi-media and graphics-intensive site – so expect to wait a bit for each new section to fully load. Be patient and wait for the download, because it’s frustrating to navigate until all of the pieces are in place.
When you get to the site, click on “Game Features” on the horizontal menu at the top of the screen. It will explain how to navigate these activities and save a lot of frustration. Then, click on “Web Adventures” to find three CSI cases:
*Case One: Rookie Training (Beginner Level) – Visit online labs to collect information and tools about forensic biology, toxicology, firearms and toolmarks, the medical examiner, and CSI ethics.
*Case Two: Canine Caper (Intermediate Level) – Interview suspects, visit the crime scene and labs, take photographs and measurements, collect and analyze evidence and data.
*Case Three: The Burning Star (Advanced) – This one is more complicated and requires some time to collect evidence and analyze it using a variety of tools and resources. Challenging, fascinating and informative!
If you have any difficulty with navigation, click on “WalkThrough” in the upper right corner of the screen for each individual case, to get directions on how to proceed.
You are given the opportunity to register (free). It allows you to save your place so that you can continue wherever you left off after a session.
Once you’ve explored the “Web Adventures,” use the horizontal menu again and click on “Fun Stuff” to access:
*Educator’s Guide – Get free, downloadable activities “to see how bone length can be used to calculate height, create your own bill for forensic testing, or solve forensic logic problems–and more!”
*Family Guide – The description on the website says, “Looking for some fun forensic activities to do at home? From blood spatter analysis to DNA extractions, we’ve got fun (yet safe) activities for all ages. Check it out!”
NOTE: I don’t think the term “all ages” is entirely appropriate here. While the activities are educational and may seem relatively harmless, I would caution parents to protect the sensibilities of young children who need, above all, to feel safe, secure, and unafraid in their own homes. Even some teens and adults may be sensitive to the themes of crime, murder, blood spatter, etc. Please proceed with caution.
*Online Activities – Learn about entomology, handwriting analysis, and test your memory and power of observation.
*Cool Links – Get links to websites on forensic science, toxicology, pathology, fingerprints, and other forensic games.
This site requires time to fully explore, so bookmark it to return.