Children become CSIs to learn about forensics

PUBLISHED: 17:30 17 October 2011 | UPDATED: 10:03 18 October 2011

CSI kids science  birthday party, childrens being crime scene investigators, Parklands Avenue Worle.

CSI kids science birthday party, childrens being crime scene investigators, Parklands Avenue Worle.

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A FORMER police officer is using her experience to teach children about forensics.

Jenny Williams ran a CSI Kids workshop over the weekend which saw 11 children aged 6-11 dressing up in full forensic investigation kit complete with white suits and magnifying glasses.

They were then invited to investigate a mock crime scene, looking for fingerprints, collecting evidence and learning about facial reconstruction and DNA profiling.

Paula Luke, spokesman for the event, said: “All the children really enjoyed it. They asked some really intelligent questions, such as ‘do identical twins have identical fingerprints?’ (apparently they don’t).”

Ms Williams has visited schools across North Somerset, putting her 14 years as a detective with Avon and Somerset Constabulary to use by getting children interested in forensics.

She says that the national curriculum does not make science exciting enough.

She said: “I hope that the work I am doing to make hands-on science fun and stimulating will help to change the status of practical science in schools.”

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