Who Dunnit? Forensics Under the Microscope
Published on 20 March 2015
A weekend dedicated to forensics will be held at Dundee Science Centre on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 March 2015.
The Science Centre team, along with experts from the Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee, have recently been running a six week learning programme for adults in Dundee and Fife and the Forensic Science Celebration Days mark the end of their six-week long murder mystery. The course participants will take part in a mock court case with a range of different experts from the University of Dundee and Abertay University, which will see the trial of the accused coming to conclusion.
Meanwhile, members of the public will be invited into the Centre, kitted up in white crime scene examiner suits and goggles and taken round a specially set up crime scene where they can cover the process of investigation and dust for fingerprints, while discovering how to gather vital forensic evidence. Can the crime be solved? Experts in specialist fields of forensic science, human identification and crime scene investigation will also be on hand both days to talk about their work and research, and answer any questions.
As part of the finale celebration, Dundee Science Centre is offering 200 dedicated free admission places each day to members of the public. Due to limited availability, booking is essential – please telephone 01382 228800. There is a choice of two time slots on both the Saturday and the Sunday – 10am to 2pm and 2pm to 5.30pm. Alternatively, visitors can pay standard admission prices at the door on the day.
The project was the result of a successful Government funding bid, in which Dundee Science Centre was the only science centre in the UK, and only one of two organisations in Scotland, to receive funding through the extremely popular application process. The six-week project, which started earlier this year, involves a murder mystery scenario in which the groups, comprising participants aged 16 – 94, were drip fed different forensic science skills each week such as analysing a crime scene and taking fingerprints and DNA to try and solve a murder.
The popularity of the CSI project has also led Dundee Science Centre to develop a special activity-packed schedule over the Easter period, running from Saturday 4 through to Sunday 19 April. “Who Stole the Easter Bunny’s Eggs?” will be launched in the Centre with hands-on activities and workshops running throughout the fortnight (all included within normal entry cost). Children and families will delight in being introduced to a rather curious and unusual crime, and will be challenged to investigate and solve the mystery using crime scene investigation techniques.
Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.