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Since 2002,

mission control

we’ve aimed to introduce school students of all ages to the concept of forensic science through summer schools, masterclasses and field days. We were the first to bring forensic outreach into the classroom.

this year, we’re inviting you to grow with us.

Contents. FORENSIC SCIENCE CSI 6x Masterclass CSI Body of Evidence Operation:Your School Forensic Field Day The Cookie Crimesolvers! Single Lectures Forensic Science INSET

BRAIN SCIENCE Brain Gym 6x Masterclass


Cook it Up! 6x Masterclass


Contact Us @ Write to: PO Box 51732 London, NW1 9RX United Kingdom T: +44 07872989457

an innovative

We’ve worked with over one hundred academic institutions across the UK and Europe:

new approach

to science

• to enrich primary and secondary school science curricula; and


• to supplement preparation for GCSEs, A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate examinations. Join us this academic year.

Forensic Outreach has long been a dynamic and active part of the science curriculum in classrooms throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Originally conceived to introduce forensic science as an integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to science education, it has lept above and beyond this initial purpose. Above all, we remember our commitment to providing creative and memorable learning experiences that never fail to inspire the students we work with.

What do you provide? We provide a range of in-school science (mostly forensic) enrichment events for students, teachers and interested adults. How will this enrich my classroom? First, there are simply no other outreach programmes developed specific science curricula in mind. Second, these events are designed to improve a number of integral classroom skills (see p. 10). How do I book? We have a booking system on our website ( Check our calendar, and use the form to reserve a date. We’ll confirm it in due course and send you a “tailoring your programme” form. Do you provide custom programmes? Yes. We are happy to help your school develop an event that meets your needs. Contact us to find out how we can help. What about museum visits + tours? We are able to provide museum tours to some of the UK’s more unusual destinations. These can be booked separately or with another programme (see p. 10). I’m only interested in a one-off lecture. Many schools book lectures for STEM clubs or assemblies. A full list can be found in our single lectures list (see p. 7). Do you offer anything for adults or teachers? We offer an adult CSI Masterclass and INSET courses for teachers (see p. 8).

Question not answered here? Send a message to our Head Programme Coordinator, Shivani Lamba at:

Do you offer these programmes overseas? Yes, we do. However, overseas travel is at present subject to additional expenses incurred by travel. Contact us for a quick quotation. How can you supplement my GCSE, A-Level or IB curriculum? All of our programmes are adjusted to supplement classroom teaching for the GCSE, A-Level, and International Baccalaureate* curricula. Contact us for more information regarding how we can help you enrich your curriculum.

CSI 6x Masterclass


This programme consists of a series of 6 engaging lessons + practical sessions, usually administered after-school. Each lecture explores a different facet of forensic science. The session run for about 1 hour and 15 minutes and are split into two parts: tutoring and the practical. Instructional time is approximately 25-30 minutes and the practical runs for the rest of the length of the session. The standard series includes: Adventures in CSI: An Introduction; Death + Decomposition; Forensic Anthropology; Fingerprinting; Forensic Ecology; and one session of your choice. £1000

Includes instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment*

Note that any session may be substituted with another lesson listed in “single lectures” in this brochure.

 curriculum adjusted for ages 10 and up

CSI Body of Evidence Is it a murder or a suicide and whodunnit? Students become expert forensic scientists in this new and improved day-long event, which is now intended for more advanced students (for a Primary School version of this event, see Forensic Field Day on page 4). The day begins with a case briefing before students begin their foray into fingerprinting techniques, forensic pathology, forensic toxicology, and genotyping. Topics are taught individually and are followed up with a practical relating to the case. Students are challenged to weave together their conclusions and declare the cause of death. £950

including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

+ £150

to arrange a visit to UCL for a University study and careers talk with a campus tour

intended for ages 13 and up

Relevant equipment includes all evidence; forensic suits, masks and gloves; crime scene tape; a body bag; and handbooks or guidebooks required for practicals. Schools are provided a full equipment list ahead of time.

Operation: [Your School] The famous mock-murder inquiry comes to your school in this two-day event. The Head Teacher is missing! Police presume foul play, three schoolteachers are suspects and your in-school investigation begins. There’s a quick start to day 1 as students learn how to conduct a formal police investigation from a police officer. We locate the “body” and specialised forensic training is given in evidence examination, forensic ecology, fingerprinting and grave excavation. Students must then collaborate to conduct their own forensic analyses and compose an expert witness report. On day 2, students travel to UCL, where they receive a University study and careers talk with a campus tour. The day concludes with a trial in a mock court room, where students are grilled by real barristers to see if their evidence proves our suspect guilty.

did you know? ✓ All of our programmes are suited to complement the forensic science component of the GCSE in Applied Sciences. ✓ Our multidisciplinary approach is uniquely suited to easily integrate critical concepts in biology, chemistry and physics for A-Level Sciences or the International Baccalaureate. ✓ We can provide customisable “curriculum benefit” reports to help teachers secure funding for our programmes.


including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

 curriculum adjusted for ages 10 and up


Forensic Field Day Challenge your students to use scientific analysis and lateral thinking to solve a paradoxical murder mystery by the day’s end. From the time the case files are distributed to each investigator, this one-day event is a stimulating and exciting experience. A quick debriefing precedes a series of workshops on various topics in forensic science, including: forensic anthropology, which involves the handling and examination of real human bones; forensic ecology, fingerprinting and forensic art (or the art of suspect sketching). Practicals allow the students the students to unravel the clues hidden in the evidence through forensic analysis. As the day progresses, students must piece these together to determine the cause of death and the suspect responsible. £600

including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

intended for ages 7 to 10

The Cookie Crimesolvers! For our youngest students, this programme invites children to investigate the disappearance of a jar of cookies from the school cafeteria. A police officer initiates the mystery. Children are introduced to the case, all simplified to suit a younger audience. One room is a crime scene, and includes planted evidence and clues for the children to gather. The class is divided into five groups, which must work through a series of critical thinking puzzles with a forensic theme. Join us for footprint and fingerprint “analysis”; matching and memory games; sketching and coloring the “crime scene”; as well as searching for clues at the scene.

At the end of the day, the finished groups receive a puzzle piece. The class puts the puzzle pieces together to reveal the suspect that has taken the cookie. A plate of cookies is provided to end the session! £800

including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

intended for ages 5 to 7

The teachers were all very impressed... and it was very well prepared and professionally presented.

exciting & stimulating.

The content of the workshop was

So, I would recommend your workshop to anybody - in fact I did at a recent meeting, and would like to thank you for

an excellent day. Jennie Watkins, Walton Primary School who booked the Forensic Field Day

Our single lectures. Forensic science is an extensive field, and it would be impossible to encompass all of its areas in one programme. We’ve developed these sessions for an in-depth look at a number of forensic sub-disciplines. These can be booked individually or as part of our six-session CSI masterclass (1 hour and 15 minutes each). Each has a practical component. £150 each

including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

Adventures in CSI A riveting introduction to forensic science and the daily life of a forensic scientist. Learn how to conduct an investigation alongside police, venture into the crime scene, and head to court to testify as an expert.

Death + Decomposition The impact of grief and bereavement on forensic

investigations, managing PTSD, and a discussion of cultural attitudes to death and the science of decomposition.

Forensic Anthropology Get down to the bare bones of grave excavation and the popular!

principles of forensic anthropology. Review types of bones, their composition, and the distinguishing features that can be used to identify a missing person.

Careers in Forensic Science Explore an array of diverse careers in forensic science. Here we quickly review field work in entomology, palyonology, psychology, anthropology and others.

Fingerprinting Learn to apply one of the oldest methods of forensic popular!

examination. Find the arch, loop and whorl on your own fingers before identifying ridge details and trying three methods of lifting fingerprints.

Forensic Ecology An intriguing look at the ways in which ecology aids

forensic investigation. Discover how forensic scientists use larvae development and vegetation as proxy indicators to determine the time and cause of death.

Forensic Entomology Get a glimpse of the medicocriminal applications of

entomology and how insects can provide invaluable information about the post-mortem interval, the site of death and cause of death.

Forensic Art Inspired by a 2010 exhibition at the National Gallery of

Art, this session combines the use of mass spectrometry and art history to shed light on fake or altered Grand Master paintings.

Criminal Psychology Dive inside the minds of forensic investigators, criminals

and victims in this fascinating session. Debate how useful psychology is in a forensic context before trying to unravel your own psychological mystery.

The Body Farm Travel to one of three Body Farms world-wide for a

glimpse of what most never see! Take a look inside one of the most macabre and amazing laboratories in the world.

Forensic Pathology Here we cover the body as the most vital piece of

evidence, review why post-mortems are required, and how the cause of death is classified - from a suicide to a homicide.

Ballistics Learn the physics of a speeding bullet and what mysteries it can unearth about the crime committed.

did you know? ✓ We always provide a “tailor your programme” form before your event to customise the experience for your students and to account for individual classroom requirements.

INSET/Teacher Training Course In response to the growing demand for forensic activities in the classroom as well as the GCSE in Applied Science, we’re offering a comprehensive one-day INSET class to equip teachers with new ideas and classroom activities. The course covers an introduction to forensic science; crime scene examination; fingerprinting; forensic ecology; glass; fibres; forensic chemistry; and includes workshops in creating your own exercising and gearing students toward higher education. £150 per attendee

including instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment

8.50 am


Welcome + introduction

9.10 am

Introduction the principles of forensic science • Explore what forensic scientists do and how they work with the police and criminal justice system. Sharpen your investigative skills with case studies.

10.10 am

Fingerprinting + forensic ecology • Distinguish fingerprint patterns and identify ridge details. Next, familiarise yourself with ecological proxy indicators and learn to discriminate between soil and vegetation samples.

11.10 am

Coffee Break

11.25 am

Fingerprinting + ecology practicals • Put theory into practise. Exercises are taught in a simple but effective way are designed to be shared with your classroom.

12.00 pm


12.30 pm

Gearing your students to higher education + careers in forensic science • Learn about University course offerings in forensic science and what A-Levels are required; as well as how to locate the perfect mentor for your student. Discover various forensic science careers to share with your class.

1.00 pm

Glass, fibres + forensic chemistry • Processing contact trace material is a fundamental aspect of modern forensic science. This session is perfect for educators working with more advanced students.

9.00 am

2.00 pm 2.15 pm

Coffee Break Organising your own forensic experiences • From mock murders to creating a crime scene, this session deals with both beginner’s and advanced exercises for all skill levels. Be inspired by new ideas for lessons, exercises and field trips for the new GCSE and A-Level science subjects.

2.40 pm

Crime Scene Examination • Once your crime scene is set, how must it be examined? Take a look at the practicalities of CSI including search techniques, evidence packaging, and how to preserve and record your scene. Set-up a realistic crime scene that will challenge your student investigators!

3.30 pm

Farewell and end of INSET

Please consult our website for details about our next scheduled events.

Brain Gym 6x Masterclass This newly-added programme consists of a series of 6 engaging lessons + practical sessions, usually administered after-school. Developed by a neuroscientist, these lectures address fascinating subjects on the forefront of both neuroscience and medicine. The session run for about 1 hour and 15 minutes and are split into two parts: tutoring and the practical. Instructional time is approximately 25-30 minutes and the practical runs for the rest of the length of the session. The standard series includes: Superhumans + Extreme Medicine; Into the Deep: the Human Mind; Gross Anatomy; Medical Ethics; Making Sense: How We Perceive the World; and The Viral Particle: Infection + Disease. £1000

Includes instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment*

 curriculum adjusted for ages 10 and up

Cook It Up! 6x Masterclass This newly-added programme consists of a series of 6 engaging lessons + practical sessions, usually administered after-school. These masterclasses are an exciting combination of food, biology and chemistry. The session run for about 1 hour and 15 minutes and are split into two parts: tutoring and the practical. Instructional time is approximately 25-30 minutes and the practical runs for the rest of the length of the session. The standard series includes: Crystal Clear; Litmus Test: The Base-ics of pH; The Science of Fruit Jellies; Palatable Plastics; Candy Chromatography; and Future Foods. £1000

Includes instruction, worksheets + relevant equipment*

curriculum adjusted for ages 10 and up


why choose us?

Journey to unusual London destinations and learn about the breadth of London’s museum collections from one of our expert Instructors. We’ve developed special excursion events that focus on either forensic science or medicine. These are tours can be customised to integrate classroom curriculum to ensure your students receive as much benefit from the trip as possible.

Affordable, cost-effective sessions.

Instruction by real scientific experts.

Innovative and creative practicals.

Exposure to a wide range of disciplines.

Furthermore, we’ve formed active relationships with some of London’s lesser-known but equally fascinating haunts to provide our schools with a riveting and memorable experience.

Emphasis on higher education and career availability.

Professional approach to sensitive topics.

Designed to complement the Applied Science GCSE.

Pairs well with A-Level science subjects and objectives in the International Baccalaureate curriculum (contact us for further information).

We offer a museum excursion and a University study and careers lecture as part of our Operation:Your School event. However, these activities can be arranged on their own as part of a one-day field trip. Please contact us to discuss your options and to customise your event. £ Quote Required  for all ages above 7


additional skills developed information ✓ Teamwork

✓ Critical thinking

✓ Observation

✓ Presentation

✓ Written and verbal communication

✓ Organisation

✓ Deduction

✓ Following written and oral instructions

We occasionally provide informal work experience and internship opportunities. Work experience is generally intended for Sixth Form students. Our internship positions are generally held by undergraduates, post-graduates or qualified teachers looking to work with us in the future.

To book a programme, please log onto: Consult our bookings calendar to determine if there are no other events booked on the desired date. Then use the booking form supplied on the website to send us your event information. We’ll confirm with an e-mail in due course and send you a “tailoring your programme” form.

PO Box 51732 London, England NW1 9RX

* Although we are not officially recognised by IB, teachers have previously used opt-in afterschool classes or work experience with us as an option for the “creativity” or “service” portion of CAS hours.

Forensic Outreach Programme Catalogue  

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