Chard students solve a 'murder mystery'

PUBLISHED: 15:02 05 January 2018

Holyrood students learn about forensic science. Picture: SUBMITTED

Holyrood students learn about forensic science. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Holyrood Academy's young scientists learn to use forensic techiques

Holyrood students learn to check finger prints. Picture: SUBMITTEDHolyrood students learn to check finger prints. Picture: SUBMITTED

Sixty students at Holyrood Academy turned detectives when they learnt about forensic techniques during a visit by a team from Bournemouth University.

The Year 9 students were introduced to A Level and university-standard activities including blood splatter evidence, DNA extraction, footprint analysis and chemical separation techniques before using their new found skills to try and solve a ‘murder’.

Several groups successfully identified the killer after examining all of the forensic evidence.

Becky Smith, the science teacher at Holyrood Academy said: “I was incredibly impressed with our Year 9 students.

“They were polite and thoughtful and approached some very difficult science with enthusiasm.

“This type of workshop introduces our students to further education and I hope it has given these 60 able students an opportunity to consider their future options.”

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