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Crime Scene: The Case of the Missing Computer Chip


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    Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)

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Crime Scene: The Case of the Missing Computer Chip

Learners use scientific processes to solve a crime. As they get clues, learners must create a hypothesis then adjust that hypothesis as more information is revealed. This activity uses crime solving as an introduction to the nature of science inquiry -- science is used effectively to reveal unwitnessed events of the past by analyzing evidence.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories


  • Crime Science

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • McNabb, Mike; Watts, Tom; Willey, Ruth

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI), ©1999

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