BUCKHANNON — On Saturday, July 30, stop by Argo Books from 12 to 3 p.m. for a Forensic Science Workshop with Professor Kristy Henson from Fairmont State University. Ages 10 and up are welcome to attend.
Part 1: Secrets in Bone – 1.5 hours
Join forces with a professor specializing in human skeletal remains (forensic anthropology) and learn how to reveal evidence in bones. Learn how to identify a skeleton’s age, gender and height. Also learn how to tell if a bone belongs to an animal or person with hands-on exploration of skeletons.
Part I: Labeling and learning the bones
Part II: Osteometric measurements
Part III: Determining sex
Part IV: Determining ancestry
Part V: Determining age
Part VI: Determining height
Part 2: A bloody mess– 1.5 hours
Forensic scientists gain a lot of information from blood collected at a crime scene. In this workshop, students will learn what’s in blood, how to determine blood type, match DNA extracted from blood and calculate blood spatter. Learn how forensic scientists solve a crime from a few drops of blood.
Part I: Learning different types of blood and how blood type is used in a crime scene. Try to match blood type to crime scene.
Part II: Discuss what blood cells you use to extract DNA, then look at DNA profiles and try to match them to the crime scene.
Part III: Look at blood spatter on different surfaces. Learn how to calculate angle of impact of blood spatter then test these techniques on different surfaces.