School pupils enjoy CSI Ayrshire College

School pupils enjoy CSI Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College’s Science department has put together a fantastic activity for school pupils – enlisting them in a Crime Scene Investigation into a case of missing sweeties!

Science lecturer Derek Walls and technician Shona Frew have been touring Ayrshire schools to deliver the immersive science experience, visiting the likes of Annanhill, Elderbank, Fenwick, Lochnorris and New Cumnock Primary Schools.

However, this latest CSI experience on 5 February took part in the Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College, with Hurlford Primary School visiting the college to identify the sweetie thief.

Pupils were tasked with investigating clues that had been left behind at a crime scene – specifically the harrowing case of sweeties being stolen from Ayrshire College - examining the evidence and identifying the culprit.

The pupils were given short biographies on three suspects and asked to investigate the following pieces of evidence gathered from the crime scene: a ransom note, fingerprint, sticky sweet residue, a saliva sample and soil sample.

A series of science experiments using the evidence resulted in the successful identification of the sweetie thief.

The Science team will now continue to travel to ten more primary schools this academic year to deliver the enjoyable science experience.

Shona Frew, Science Technician at Ayrshire College, said: “The Crime Scene Investigation lets the pupils have fun with science, whilst also giving them a small insight into how forensic science works. Seeing the enthusiasm and excitement on the pupils faces makes it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for all involved. We look forward to solving more ‘crimes’ throughout Ayrshire.”

8 February 2024

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