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Australian Federal Police Forensic Science Challenge

The AFP Forensic Science Challenge is open to all ACT Secondary Students and is free to participate. This is your chance to win great prizes, including a Canine Experience*, while having fun! Students are challenged to solve a 1967 bank heist by examining fingerprints, DNA profiles, shoe marks, and more!

When: Tuesday, July 11 2017 till Friday, August 11 2017. 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
What:Competition, Online
Topic: , Innovation and technology
Cost: Free

Join our exciting crime-solving competition, and help celebrate National Science Week!

Students from Years 7 to 12 can download a case file (3.4 MB, PDF) containing evidence, statements, and more to solve a mock cold-case bank heist. Students are asked to work individually or in groups of up to four to solve the mystery and create a poster outlining who committed the crime and why you came to that conclusion.

In 1967, at least three offenders burgled the Ravenswood Bank. The only identifying information known at the time were the code names being used by the offenders: Green Eagle, Black Fox, and Navy Cobra. The case was investigated until all leads ran cold. 50 years later, using modern technology the case has been reopened with the hope of identifying the offenders using the old and new evidence.

Entries can be scanned and submitted via email. Ensure that all entrants’ names, school years, and the name of their school or college is included with the submission and that all text is legible. Posters will be assessed on creativity of response, accuracy of conclusions, and quality of poster.

Awesome prizes are up for grabs including the chance to meet a police detection canine*. Selected entries will also be displayed at the Science in ACTion event in August.

This is a student-friendly activity which can be integrated into regular class schedules or done at home. The activity encourages independent or supervised learning of forensic science disciplines while combining lateral thinking skills in a fun, stimulating activity.

*Travel costs not included

Contact details:

Forensic Science
Australian Federal Police
Email: Science-In-Action@afp.gov.au
Phone: 02 6131 2683

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