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Kids are crime scene investigators at Museum of Life and Science

Posted February 3, 2013

Forensic science is the theme all month at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

During Forensic February, museum visitors will be asked to help solve crimes by using the same forensic tools that real crime scene investigators use. Magnetic powder will be used to dust for prints and microscopes and dye will be used to analyze which fiber suspects were wearing, the museum says.

The activities run 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. All activities are free with museum admission, which is $10 for kids ages 3 to 12 and $14 for adults. 

Here's the schedule of activities:

Tuesday through Saturday: Use magnetic powder to dust for fingerprints. Learn how to take a shoeprint using a chemical coater and chemically sensitive paper.

Feb. 12 to Feb. 16: Analyze different animal hairs under the microscope. Do a dye test to see which fiber the suspect was wearing.

Feb. 19 to Feb. 23: Explore with the dermascope and study the exoskeletons of all kinds of bugs. Meet real, live invertebrates that you can touch.

Feb. 26 to March 2: Experiment with chromatography to find out which pen the suspect used. Examine the note left at the crime scene and learn about handwriting analysis.
 

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