Monday, December 20, 2010

CSI - Crime Scene as Science Teacher Comes to Huntsville

As if Space Camp wasn't enough, Huntsville, Alabama is welcoming a new science exhibit based on the successful "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series on CBS. The exhibit and its associated Web adventure were developed through an unusual partnership between scientists, museums, commerce, and the National Science Foundation, which provided $2.4 million in funding for both the CSI exhibit and the "Web Adventure" targeted to underserved youth.

Just imagine your family entering a crime scene and being the ones responsible for noticing and collecting every trace of evidence. The pressure is on: you know the analysis of your evidence must be scientifically sound to crack the case.

Using the mystery and fun of "CSI", the CSI: The Experience show that opened in May 2007 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is currently on a national tour of science museums. Created in collaboration with the TV show, it will be on display at the U. S. Space & Rocket Center from January 29, 2011 to May 1, 2011.

At Huntsville, this immersive exhibit invites visitors to enter "crime" scenes where they identify and record evidence. It takes them inside "laboratories" for scientific testing and to "autopsy" rooms for pathology analysis. Then it returns them to the "office" to build their case, based on the scientific evidence.

The exhibit brings to life real scientific principles and the most advanced scientific techniques used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists. The exhibit is designed for adults and youth 12 and above;  tickets will be available for purchase at Space Camp Online.
In conjunction with the CSI January opening, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center will be hosting Huntsville native, D. P. Lyle, M.D., award winning author of the Dub Walker novel series, set in Huntsville. Check their site for details.

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