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Take the Case: Chain of Evidence
6th-8th grade/Science/Online activity/Accessible anytime
Someone has stolen two valuable paintings from the mansion of a prominent Seattle citizen. In Take the Case: Chain of Evidence, YOU are the law enforcement officer assigned to the case. Use forensic tools and techniques to investigate the crime scene and analyze what you collect. Interview suspects and evaluate the answers you receive. Finally, compile your evidence to build a case that will hold up in court.

In this online activity, participants will learn about the tools and techniques used by crime scene investigators to collect and preserve physical evidence. Then, find out what lab analysis can and can’t reveal about that evidence when fibers, footprints, and other pieces are analyzed. During the interview process, see the types of questions asked to reveal possible motives, inconsistencies, or alibis. Serve a search warrant based on interviews to collect even more physical evidence. Finally, participants will see how it all must come together in order to build a case that will stand up in court.