Junior Scientists: Forensic Fun

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Become a science detective from home this March Break

Discover the fascinating world of forensic science with our virtual March Break program, Junior Scientists: Forensic Fun. Explore DNA extraction, fingerprint identification, handwriting analysis and more during four exciting sessions.

Program Details 

  • Program designed for children aged 5–10; all ages welcome
  • Four 90-minute sessions; one session per day, broadcast live on March 15, 16, 17 & 18 at 9 a.m.
  • Each session includes a live demo, at-home lab activity and craft to try at home
  • Program cost is $105 including HST* (One registration required per family)
    *$95 for Planetary, Stellar, Galactic and Cosmic level members

Program Schedule

Tuesday, March 15: Paper Proof
From handwriting to ink and beyond, there are many clues to discover by studying paper! Learn about the science behind different types of paper evidence, then put your skills of handwriting analysis to the test. Finally, create chromatography-inspired art using simple household materials.

Wednesday, March 16: Fingers, Fibres and Feet
Did you know every person’s fingerprints are unique? Get familiar with how forensic scientists lift and identify fingerprints to solve crimes. Examine other trace elements left behind in crime scenes, like fibres, with a fun matching game. Then, focus on your feet as you take your own footprint at home!

Thursday, March 17: Blood and DNA
Dive into DNA, blood type and more as you uncover the science of blood-based evidence. See how the DNA of a banana is extracted, make your own DNA strand bracelet and finish the session by making a detective log book—you’ll need it for the final workshop!.

Friday, March 18: Evidence in Action
Put your new forensic knowledge to the test during this final workshop. Use your detective log book to keep track of clues to solve a mystery. Can you crack the case? Earn a special detective badge and decorate it at home.

As with all virtual Science Centre programming, adult supervision is required for all Junior Scientists sessions. Participants will be able to ask questions and engage with Science Centre sessions using the chat function of Zoom, though cameras will be off for privacy reasons.

Event capacity is limited, and registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After you have registered, you will receive a Zoom link, activity PDF and materials list for each session via email at least one day in advance. To ensure each session begins and ends on time, please log on 5 to 10 minutes before your session’s start time.