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Crime at the Café – A Whodunnit Workshop

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  • Innovation Lab at Ruth Faulkner Library, Belmont Hub
    213 Wright Street, Cloverdale WA 6105, Australia

There’s been a robbery: someone has broken into the Cow Creek Café and stolen the money in the safe. Detective Shirley Holmes is on the case, but she needs your help. Can you analyse the evidence from the scene to help identify the culprit?

In this hands-on workshop, you will take on the role of a forensic investigator assigned to a robbery case. Several types of evidence (including shoe prints, fibres, and soil) will be analysed using real scientific approaches such as microscopy and chromatography. At the end, you will need to combine the results of your analysis with information about the suspects to piece together how the crime unfolded.

This workshop is a great opportunity to engage in fun problem-solving, and to learn how science is used in criminal investigation. You'll be guided through each analysis by actual forensic and analytical scientists, giving you the chance to learn from the experts.

This workshop is best suited to ages 8 - 14, and is expected to take up to an hour to complete.

Location Information

The Innovation Lab is located on Level 2 of the Ruth Faulkner Library, and lift access is available. Parking is available outside the Belmont Hub and along Progress Way, or across the road at the Belmont Forum Shopping Centre.