A year after cracking their first crime, the amateur sleuths of Carter Community School were back on the case last week to find out who killed Rudolph – again!
After visiting Bournemouth University last Christmas, this time around the university came to Carter, with a group of Year 9 pupils once again tasked with tracking down the famous reindeer’s killer.
And once again, the young detectives turned to science to help them, analyzing blood spatter, DNA, fingerprints and chemicals in the contents of Rudolph’s stomach, as well as checking his computer for cybercrime and assessing chromatography samples to determine the type of ink used to write a note found at the crime scene.
At the end of the exercise, the Bournemouth University team were so impressed with the pupil’s powers of investigation that they were rewarded with a Rudolph piñata full of chocolate!
Commented Carter Community School Science Teacher Hannah Devonshire:
"We’re really grateful to Bournemouth University for helping to arrange such a fantastic event. It’s the perfect way of bringing science to life and showing our pupils the kind of techniques used by real life detectives.”
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