Being a Forensic Scientist Incursion (Levels 5/6)

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Being a Forensic Scientist Incursion (Levels 5/6)

Theme: Science as a Human Endeavour
Level: 5/6
Students will work through a variety of procedures similar to a forensic scientist.
They will interpret their recorded data and develop an understanding of how evidence is used to solve a crime.


  • Discuss the many roles scientists and technology play in crime investigation;
  • Examine the crime scene set up in your classroom;
  • Identify key clues;
  • Discuss physical characteristics of 4 suspects in relation to profiling;
  • Perform chemical tests to identify a variety of powders;
  • Use chromatography to test inks from writing samples and pens found on suspects;
  • Match actual footprints found at the crime scene to soles of shoes;
  • Observe and match DNA samples;
  • Create a set of individual fingerprints and examine patterns;
  • Debate the validity of the evidence against the 4 suspects present.

Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

  • Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to inform personal and community decisions and to solve problems that directly affect people’s lives (VCSSU073);
  • With guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, and predict what the findings of an investigation might be based on previous experiences or general rules (VCSIS082);
  • With guidance, plan appropriate investigation types to answer questions or solve problems and use equipment, technologies and materials safely, identifying potential risks (VCSIS083);
  • Decide which variables should be changed, measured and controlled in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data (VCSIS084);
  • Construct and use a range of representations, including tables and graphs, to record, represent and describe observations, patterns or relationships in data (VCSIS085);
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSIS086);
  • Suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem (VCSIS087);
  • Communicate ideas and processes using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and to identify simple cause-and-effect relationships (VCSIS088).

Incursion Pricing



Up to 30 students


90-minute workshops


A minimum booking of 2 x 90-minute workshops is required


Outer regions incur time and travel costs

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