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Forensic Science Book 1

CSI activities to engage learners

Make the development of scientific literacy interesting and engaging with forensic science. This book will teach you and your students about how forensic scientists solve crimes before you become investigators yourselves, exploring the crime-solving techniques of forensic science. The activities, which use readily accessible resources, develop competencies that are essential when addressing the nature of science. While your students are fully engaged in and enjoying science, they may not notice that they are also forming positive attitudes to the subject and developing a sound understanding of important scientific principles.

Book 1 has been designed for primary to lower secondary science. Its forensic activities draw on readily available materials found in a science classroom. 

Ages: 10-14 | Pages: 68 | Code: 5958 | ISBN: 9781776552733

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Chris Astall

After gaining a PhD in marine biology in 1992, Dr Chris Astall trained to become a primary school teacher and taught in schools in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Since 2008 he has been a senior lecturer in science education at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand, a role that involves working with many schools throughout the country. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious Royal Society (UK) Millennium Fellowship for his community science development project “Saturday Science and Technology”. His current research interests include the use of ICT in science education, the development of nature of science through children’s literature and exploring how schools can develop sustainable science practices. He has presented nationally and internationally and has facilitated numerous workshops, through science conferences and consultation work.

David Winter

Dr David Winter is a lecturer in science education at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. For many years he was a forensic scientist with the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR), performing a variety of forensic examinations for the New Zealand Police, including the toxicological analysis of post mortem specimens. He has presented scientific evidence on numerous occasions in the District Courts and the High Court, played a significant role in forensic laboratory accreditation and quality assurance and has developed and delivered training programmes for police and customs officers.


Curriculum links4
1. An overview of forensic science6
What is forensic science?6
Who are the forensic scientists?6
Every contact leaves a trace7
How good is the evidence?8
Persistence of evidence9
Examining a crime scene9
Communicating clearly10
Guilty or not guilty?11
Forensic rulers11
2. Impression evidence13
Impressive shoes13
Tricky tracks19
Tool marks: do they match?24
3. Blood spatter evidence31
Little drops reveal their story31
4. Trace evidence40
Suspicious shards40
Helpful hairs46
Fibres and fabrics54
5. Chemical evidence59
The dose makes the poison59
Some instrumental techniques to identify substances67