Friday, August 17, 2012

Forensic Firsts - The Science of Solving Crime

Forensic Firsts is a Smithsonian Channel television show. The show examines (in sometimes gruesome detail) how science can be used to solve crime mysteries. The Forensic Firsts game asks players to try to catch a serial murderer on the loose. The murderer can be caught by generating leads, correctly following up on leads, and correctly analyzing evidence.

Applications for Education
Forensic Firsts could be a good activity for high school students studying criminal justice. That said, Forensic Firsts is definitely not something I would use with students younger than high school age. I say that not because the game is particularly gruesome in detail (it's not) but because some of the video clips that are on the rest of the site could be unsuitable for students younger than high school.