CSI Guides

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CSI Guides is suitable for STEM theme, this is the investigation of a burglary (non-violent crime) for Guides to complete in small teams. The answers build up into a code for a padlock on the prize.

How I Set Up

Spread the different pieces of evidence around the room – I used yellow paper to make pretend crime scene markers (like 1, 2, 3 etc.) One of the stations is a witness statement audio, which I had set up as a laptop with a presentation where they pressed space to hear it – you could have an adult read the statement instead.

Some of the items will need you to do fingerprints and involve either family members or fellow leaders to prep briefly, but hopefully I’ve done the leg work!

CSI-Guides Crime Book and evidence templates – first two sheets are to be printed double sided A4, fold in half, one per team (or per guide). 1 map per team. Rest of the sheets to print 1 copy each (or as you need).

CSI-Guides Victim Audio Statement (Keynote for Mac) – works on a Mac

CSI-Guides: Victim Audio Statement (for PowerPoint) – works in Microsoft Office (hopefully!)

CSI-Guides: Victim Audio Statement (MP3) – right click and save as or play below

How We Played:

  1. We watched an edited video of how a forensic examiner looking at a burglary and how the police investigate a burglary (search YouTube for suitable ones – I can’t share the one I edited together because it’s copyright to the original creators)
  2. Hand out the double sided booklets and maps of the area to the teams
  3. Evenly distribute the cards from the pack (the door to door enquiry)
  4. Teams must talk to all other players to collect information (they carry out a door to door enquiry) some of the info is useful, but not all of it, but it mimics having to relentless ask and sift through information
  5. All other evidence is now open to be examined around the room
  6. First team to bring their completed books to the leader guarding the locked box gets to have a go at opening it with 1 code (if wrong, they are not allowed to have another go for 3 mins)
  7. Have second and third prizes to put in the box after to keep the competition going if you have a big group
  8. Have groups demo how they got their answers/evaluate

Filling out booklets.

Measuring a footprint (a muddy footprint in a plastic wallet)

Examining witness statements – the red paper is one of the door-to-door enquiry slips, and the yellow paper was meant to be stood up like a tent as an evidence marker but wasn’t quite stiff enough!

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