Science Sampler: CSI web adventures—A forensics virtual apprenticeship for teaching science and inspiring STEM careersby: Leslie Miller, Ching-I Chang, and Daniel Hoyt

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CSI: The Experience, a traveling museum exhibit and a companion web adventure, was created through a grant from the National Science Foundation as a potential model for informal learning. The website was designed to enrich and complement the exhibit by modeling the forensic process. Substantive science, real-world lab techniques, and higher-level thinking skills were integrated to create a forensic virtual apprenticeship that would inspire science careers.

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  • on Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:06 PM

But, the really cool thing is the website is based on forensic analysis. The website uses the show, CSI, as the theme for its games. Students will go through training in order to understand the "why" certain measuring and analytical techniques and tests are used. In addition, care has been taken to try to educate students about real forensics. Students may have to come back at a later time rather than get the ballistics test in 2 seconds like they see on TV. Last, students receive education about the careers and education involved in becoming a forensic scientist.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

  • on Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:21 PM

This article describes a popular website with CSI adventures. It has three objectives: 1) train the student in crime scene investigations, 2) explain misconceptions about CSI and 3) introduce careers in science.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:05 AM

This article describes a traveling exhibit and a website for incorporating forensic science in the classroom. The focus of this article is actually the website developed by Rice University. The first goal of the website was to present substantive and engaging science. The second goal was to focus on correcting forensic misconceptions. The third goal was to inspire careers in science. This website seems to be an outstanding way to introduce students to STEM related fields. This is a great e-learning opportunity.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:25 PM

The website,, offers hours of learning for students to expose them to the world of Crime Scene Investigation. Having spent my early years in law enforcment, the activities on this site offer a realistic feel for forensic science.

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

  • on Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:34 PM

This is one of those activities that students will do at home even after they leave school! Could not force myself off the website! Very, very relevant!

Kendra Young  (Lake Stevens, WA)
Kendra Young (Lake Stevens, WA)

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