Where can your kids learn about scientific principles and techniques that are used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientist? You most probably are thinking on the latest episode of Law and Order, NCIS or CSI. Well, your family now can go to an interactive exhibit called CSI: The Experience. This exhibition incorporates elements from the popular CBS series, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
Our family had an unbelievable time when we entered the crime scenes at Discovery Times Square in New York City. The hands-on experience let us identify and record evidence. We investigated the crime scene “Who Got Served?”. In this case, a young woman was found dead in an alley behind an old Las Vegas motel. There was a tire tread across her abdomen and beside her was a headshot of her ripped in half.
Just like real crime scene investigators we looked at digital evidence left behind and was able to retrieve who the victim sent her last text message to and to who! Then, we looked at latent prints on the photograph and impression evidence from the tire tracks.
Later, we investigated the forensic aspect and reviewed the toxicology report of the substance the bag near the victim. Learning about forensic entomology, we were able to determine the time of death. Studying the forensic biology, we learned the victim’s true identity by looking at her DNA.
We ended up solving the crime by determining the cause of death and reported back to the medical examiner. Our supervisor, Gil Grissom awarded us a diploma, making us CSI Agents for cracking the case!
The CSI experience was fun and educational! In addition to the case we investigated, you can also investigate two other cases called “A House Collided” or “No Bones About It!”. After going through these exhibits, you will learn things like calculating a person’s height by measuring their femur bone or that the diameter determines the caliber of a bullet.
It is always a lot of fun when you experience something hands-on! The fact that this exhibit also was entrenched in multimedia via videotaped messages from the cast of the TV show just made this adventure awesome.
This exhibit is currently in Las Vegas, New York, and Australia and geared towards kids that are twelve and older. I hope your family will be able to plunge into the action of solving one of the three crimes because it was not only fun and educational, but a great opportunity to work together as a family. Good luck cracking the case!