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Citizen Science Youth Camp (Session 3: The Secrets of Forensics)

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Hacklab.TO

1266 Queen Street West, Unit 6

Toronto, ON M6K 1L3

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On the third week, we are looking closely at forensic science and DNA. In fact, we will be solving a crime! Our club president has gone missing and the other Hacklab members are saying the tree house is suspiciously clean! Young Scientists will gather physical evidence from the potential crime scene. They will learn to dust for and lift fingerprints from various surfaces and then expose them with CA vapours. They will uncover hidden blood stains with luminol, and compare fabric and hair samples with those of our Hacklab members.

After gathering and photographing evidence on the first day, we will learn and practise some practical lab skills. Young Scientists will be sequencing DNA. We will learn how to operate a PCR machine to amplify DNA and a gel electrophoresis cell to determine its sequence. We'll learn how to make bacteria cells accept new DNA, so that Young Scientists can inject foreign DNA into bacteria to make it glow in the dark. Then we will learn to test salts by the different colours they produce in a flame.

On the last day, we'll receive dossiers about our suspects. We will revisit the fingerprints and manually match them with our suspects. Then our facilitators will demonstrate how to use software to verify our findings. We will look at fabric samples under a microscope to see what clothes they came from. We will use chromatography to identify which ink was used in handwriting.


AGE GROUP: 9-14 years old

TIME: 12-4 pm (daily)


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  • Personal water bottles

  • Food (lunch and snacks)

  • Extra clothing

  • Medications


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