Investigating Forensics: Virtual Museum of Canada

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A criminal case has just been opened.  Your task is to help close it.

Have your students ever wondered how forensic science works?  They may have seen police and crime lab work on television but what is a real forensic science investigation like?

In this tour through the specialized laboratories at the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University, scientists and police explain and illustrate the hard science behind forensics.

This site includes information and activities that recreate some of the challenges forensics experts deal with.  Your students will learn first-hand about forensics by taking on the roles of Forensic Archaeologists, Anthropologists, Entomologists, Botanists, DNA Analysts, and Stable Isotope Analysts.  Each of the tasks will be a real job that a forensic expert does and every step is important to solving the case. Your students will need to think carefully but if they get stuck there are hints to help them.

Additionally, there are expert videos on each discipline, photographs of practicing forensic scientists at work in the field and in the lab, and a detailed textual library in the “Resources” section.  Links to these resources occur at the end of each activity.

CAUTION: THIS SITE CONTAINS IMAGES THAT SOME MAY FIND DISTURBING.

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Creator(s): SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology