On Tuesday 20th May, a group of students at the
Primary Campus took part in a themed-day of Science.
The school teamed up with Science Bridge
Academy to bring the world of forensic science into school. The project brought together a mix of our Year
4 and Year 5 science enthusiasts and gave them the chance to work alongside
other children with similar passions.
The day began with a cluedo-style murder mystery and
children were soon immersed in the tricky task of tracking down the
murderer. The day was a mix of practical
science and theory. The children
started with fingerprinting and fibre analysis but soon graduated to more complex
investigative skills as they learned how to extract the DNA from a tomato and
then grapple with DNA fingerprinting.
There was a palpable buzz in the room as exciting equipment
was continually brought out: from microscopes to the Agarose gel sets. A steady
hand was needed to place the samples carefully in test tubes or gel packs and
children huddled together examining their results. With some great thinking, solving the murder
turned out to be relatively easy compared to the trickier task of the day -
getting our protective gloves on!
Science Bridge Academy are leading providers of life
sciences education training and run workshops and Science camps for students
across Singapore and Malaysia. Their
motto is: Explore, Examine and Experiment, which follows our philosophy here at
Alice Smith. Since the launch of our
Science and DT room we have seen an increase in the number of whiz bang
experiments in our curriculum Science and it was exciting to see this extended
through the CSI (Crime Scene Investigates) workshop.
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