A group of Year 9 Science students from Carter Community School proved their crimefighting skills when they came out top in a festive 'whodunnit' set by Bournemouth University.
Based around the theme of 'Who Killed Rudolph?' and staged at the University, the contest began with a tongue in cheek play detailing the demise of the poor reindeer. It was then up to teams of budding criminologists from four local schools including Carter to solve the mystery.
Donning forensic suits, the students headed to the University's labs where they analysed blood spatter and fingerprints, detected the chemicals in the contents of Rudolph’s stomach and completed thin layer chromatography to determine the composition of ink used to write a note found at the crime scene! They also interrogated all of the suspects using the same techniques as top detectives.
The day ended with each team piecing together the clues to work out who the murderer was, submitting their final answers to be judged by Bournemouth University's ambassadors. Taking top spot were Carter Community School's Shannon Connolly, Cassidy Winter, Amber Jordan, Sadie Turner and Danielle Hustings, who received prizes for their crimebusting efforts.
Commented Carter Community School Principal Sam Davidson:
"A big well done to our students, who put their scientific skills to excellent use to catch the killer! We would also like to thank Bournemouth University for arranging what was an entertaining and educational event, which also opened our students' eyes to the fantastic opportunities available to them through higher education."
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Pictured with their forensic outfits from left to right, winning team Amber Jordan, Cassidy Winter, Shannon Connolly, Danielle Hustings, Sadie Turner.