Saffron Walden County High School becomes crime scene – in the name of scientific fun

Dr Blood checks investigation progress with Caitlin Wade and Zoe Clulow at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Dr Blood checks investigation progress with Caitlin Wade and Zoe Clulow at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: Celia Bartlett

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Saffron Walden County High School has been turned into a crime scene over half-term as youngsters learn about forensic science.

The CSI Walden investigation department was suitably waymarked. Photo: Celia BartlettThe CSI Walden investigation department was suitably waymarked. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Fortunately no offences have been committed at the school, as it is hosting CSI Walden for the week.

Zoe Clulow, Caitlin Wade and Louis Peters with Dr Blood (aka Caitriona McKnight) and year 10 student, Brendan Wood, who were the CSI Walden team. Photo: Celia BartlettZoe Clulow, Caitlin Wade and Louis Peters with Dr Blood (aka Caitriona McKnight) and year 10 student, Brendan Wood, who were the CSI Walden team. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Students, in full bodysuits, masks, goggles and gloves, have to solve crimes based on real evidence, ranging from fingerprints to DNA from hair strands and chemical analysis.

Dr Blood hands out the investigation assignment at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: Celia BartlettDr Blood hands out the investigation assignment at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: Celia Bartlett

After learning various techniques, they solve who-dunnit crimes using the clues studied during the day, including ‘The case of the Hacked High-Tech Lab’ and ‘The case of the Burglarised Tottenham Hotspurs football fan’.

Dr Blood and the CSI team member help the investigators. Photo: Celia BartlettDr Blood and the CSI team member help the investigators. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Children can go home with prizes collected during the day.

The crime scene. Photo: Celia BartlettThe crime scene. Photo: Celia Bartlett

Monday featured fingerprinting.

Zoe Clulow uses the aluminium powder to dust for fingerprint at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: CELIA BARTLETTZoe Clulow uses the aluminium powder to dust for fingerprint at CSI Walden Investigates. Photo: CELIA BARTLETT

Organiser Caitriona McKnight said: “It was brilliant to see students so excited about science, with no idea how much they were learning.

“Parents were yet again very complimentary about the day, many asking when the next event might take place.

“I’m on the case now, looking at Christmas holidays 2017.”

For more information about future events visit www.cambridgephysicstuition.co.uk

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