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Natural sciences museum plans 'crime scene investigation' night where kids, families can help solve case

Posted September 27
Updated October 2

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences has a fun family science night coming up. And, it's free!

Family Night: Crime Scene Investigators is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5, at the downtown Raleigh museum. It's designed for families with kids ages 10 to 18, but all are welcome.

Here's a description: "Help the N.C. Department of Justice's crime lab investigate a 'crime scene' at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center. This special program introduces participants to crime lab staff members and the specific work they do. Program participants will first view a mock crime scene in the lobby before traveling throughout the building, scavenger hunt style, to talk to representatives of different units of the state crime lab that will help solve the crime. Participants also get a chance to try their hand at real lab work, from finger print to hair and fiber analysis. The units include biology, latents, firearms, trace, drug chemistry, toxicology, and digital evidence."

At the end, participating kids can get a junior investigator certificate for completing the program. It's free, but registration, which you can do online, is recommended. The museum's website has more information, including a link for online registration.

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