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iLabs: SBI Crime Lab’s Forensics Scavenger Hunt!!!

October 25, 2013

You just know that any day that ends with your boss’s door decorated in Crime Scene tape is a day that begs further explanation!

Katey's office

Well, let us just say that this is our way of showing our gratitude and support for a boss who encourages us to try new things and use our creativity in our Museum program offerings.  But let me go back to the beginning.

It all started with a mock crime scene revealing a poker hand of four Aces, King high, some clear plastic tape marking the cards, and some upset Poker buddies.  It ended with over 200 people having moved through the crowds in the Naturalist Center and the three Investigate Labs to perform various forensic laboratory exercises, led by personnel from the NC State’s Crime Laboratory.

From lifting fingerprints, examining shoe prints, matching evidence bits, and hair analysis, to comparing shell casings, analyzing DNA results, and testing blood stains with phenolphthalein, people enthusiastically worked their way through each lab station to perform these activities and obtain answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions listed.  There was even a station for parents to get their children fingerprinted.

The 2-hour event was a success and will no doubt lead to future events of this type.  This was the second “forensics-type” program we debuted this month — the first one being the “Solve the Mystery” night when visitors had to determine the culprit who was responsible for an entire Prairie Dog town’s demise, as well as what had changed this year to make that possible.

Based on the success of these two events, we will look to possibly repeat these topics as well as add new ones for visitors to engage in.  Watch the website and this blog for details about future offerings.  In the meantime, here are some photos of last night’s festivities!

crime scene analysts  Crime scene closeup

Crime scene overhead  DNA experts

Front desk  DNA analysis

DNA sign  Fingerprints on card

Fingerprint samples  Footprint analysis

Firearms sign  Firearm analysis

Hair analysis i  Hair analysis 2

Latents sign  Trace matching

Trace sign  SBI nite begins - overhead

Child fingerprint kits  SBI night ad

2 Comments leave one →
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    October 25, 2013 6:00 pm

    Hi Deb, very cool picts from the lab.  Way to go

  2. October 25, 2013 9:00 pm

    What a blast! Next time how about adding in some insect forensics, like estimating time of death by which insect species are found on the body?

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