Last week I attended an educator event through Discovery Education Expo in Times Square, NY.  I love this exhibit space as they are constantly hosting new & exciting exhibits.  They often provide teacher's guides with additional materials to extend the exhibit pre- or post- field trip.  I've enjoyed several exhibits there - King Tut, Lucy, Pompeii, DaVinci, Titanic & now CSI: The Experience.  If you live, or will be visiting the NYC area, I highly recommend that you check their website for their exhibit schedule. 


Since I've taught forensics before, you can imagine how excited I was to hear that the CSI: The Experience exhibit was coming to my favorite exhibit space in NYC & that I was invited to attend the exhibit preview for free.  The exhibit has 3 different crime scenes set up.  Visitors get to take on the role of a new agent to examine one of the crime scenes, and later the evidence in the labs.  The "labs" have computers were visitors learn about forensic science topics and then examine evidence specific to the crime scene.  I loved everything about the exhibit except, and this is a big one, they tell you the correct answers along the way.  I'd rather that they tell you the answers at the very end of the exhibit.   


I teach enrichment courses in & out of public schools.  There is no set curriculum, so I create my own units around topics.  A few years ago I designed an "Introduction to Forensics" unit.  The unit, which is available as a teacher's guide or as a kit, has students working in groups to solve crimes.  There are 5 cases, and groups work on 1 case a week.  The cases rotate through the groups until each group has had a chance to solve each of the 5 case.  The cases focus on a different area of forensics (hair & fiber anaylsis, fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, bones, & DNA) & include evidence & tools for examining the evidence to solve the case.  When creating the unit & accompanying kit, my research led me to Rice University's CSI:The Experience Web Adventures website. To anyone who teaches, or plans on teaching forensics, I highly recommend using this website.  On that website, in addition to the amazing interactives about forensics, you can view the touring schedule for CSI:The Experience.


If you are interested in forensics & able to see the CSI: The Experience experience, whether in NYC or in another city, I recommend it. 


*Posted around the exhibit are signs that children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.