C.S.IMSA Chicago – Tie Dyes

C.S.IMSA Chicago – Tie Dyes

The crime scene team began analyzing a promising new lead today by testing oil samples found on the driveway at the crime scene and comparing them with oil samples from suspects’ driveways. Students discovered the uses for the science of chromatography by watching how different colors separate, and using that information to match the crime scene oil with a likely culprit.

Our forensic scientists are developing a clearer picture of the case, and feel close to a breakthrough!

Ask your student:

What is chromatography used for? (separating materials)

What new information did you learn from your evidence analysis today?

What’s Up with Water? – Solubility

What’s Up with Water? – Solubility

Throughout the week, our newfound water enthusiasts have conducted various experiments to help them gain a better understanding of the unique properties of water. Today, they learned the difference between a physical and chemical change.

Students collected data for the heating curve of a solution and later compared their results to the heating curve of pure water. The knowledge they have accumulated has already become applicable to their exploration of solutions to global water issues.  “I never realized so many things naturally reacted with one another,” one student mentioned. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

C.S.IMSA Chicago – Lift a Finger

C.S.IMSA Chicago – Lift a Finger

Our CSI team is well on its way to cracking the case! Today, the scientists-in-training delved into the study of fingerprints. They first fingerprinted themselves in order to learn about the different recognizable fingerprint patterns. Students then examined the fingerprint evidence collected from the crime scene and attempted to match it with prints collected later from suspects.

Our investigators have had a busy two days, but there is more forensic science to be done before the culprit can be apprehended!

Ask your student:

What are the three characteristic fingerprint patterns? (loops, whorls, and arches)

After two days, do you have any theories about the case?


What’s Up with Water? 6/28

What’s Up with Water? 6/28

Our wonderful water experts began their exploration of watersheds and the effect of pollution on the ocean and marine life. Students worked in pairs to simulate pollution within water systems using food color. They were asked to predict the pollutant’s route and hypothesize how far it would travel: “It’s going to flow in the direction of the largest body of water,” one student hypothesized.

Not only were the students able to build an accurate model of a watershed, but they also applied their new knowledge to form new opinions and inquiries about the wide world of water around them!

What’s Up with Water? – Monday

What’s Up with Water? – Monday

Today, the students initiated their work as United Nations Scientists. Each student was given a list of water poverty-stricken countries on the United Nations list of least developed nations. The young UN environmental scientists have been tasked with researching one country of their choosing and developing a solution to be presented at the 2017 World Water Day United Nations convention!

At the end of the day, each group was asked to share one thing about the country that they selected. The students loved the idea of being able to research countries based on their personal interests and are ready to get to work solving, “What’s Up With Water?”

C.S.IMSA Chicago: Observation 101

C.S.IMSA Chicago: Observation 101

The detectives have called in the CSI unit, and our junior forensic scientists are on the case! The investigation is well under way, with students honing their observation skills by spotting hidden objects in various pictures. They also practiced their mastery of memory and recall by seeing a series of objects and attempting to remember what was shown.

Investigators will continue to utilize their observational talent throughout the week as they attempt to solve the case!

Ask your student:

What evidence have you collected so far in the case?

How did you do in your observation and memory skills practice?

C.S.IMSA: Calling all Forensic Investigators!

C.S.IMSA: Calling all Forensic Investigators!

We’ve come across a mystery and need your help to crack the case.  As part of this program, participants will work in teams to gather evidence as they unravel the science and mathematics behind crime scene clues like finger and footprints, DNA, handwriting, voice identification and more!  At the end of the week, teams will analyze their evidence, make deductions and propose their theories in an effort to solve the mystery.

What is Up with Water?!

What is Up with Water?!

Where is all our water? Is water a renewable resource? In this program participants will explore this question through hands-on water chemistry experiments and other investigations that will help explain why access to clean fresh water has become one of our WGP—World’s Greatest Problems—and why we need to solve it. Participants will develop a website to communicate what they have learned as well as explore other technical solutions that can help us all make every drop count!