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Explore Forensics

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Pricing & Registration
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14, ESV)

Did you know there is a difference between historical and observational science? Learn about the two types of science and the disciplines of forensic science through in-depth investigation and observation. God created unique traits in every individual that can be used by forensic scientists to determine identity. This engaging, hands-on program will strengthen your ability to analyze details and draw conclusions.

Open to students in grades 4–12 (ages 9 and up).

Explore Forensics is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Explore Days program is on a four-year rotating schedule. Each Explore Day includes a minimum of four hands-on, interactive sessions. The yearly topics are provided in the schedule below.

Please keep in mind that some of our activities are contingent upon weather.

Availability is limited, so sign up today!

Pricing & Registration

  • $19.99/student (museum general admission is not required or included)
  • Includes all scheduled events and parking fee.
  • Bring your own lunch, or an optional meal voucher is available for purchase. Cash purchases are not permitted due to time constraints.

To complete your child’s registration for the Explore program, adult chaperones must present these forms upon arrival on your Explore Days workshop date.

You can find answers to common questions on the Explore Days FAQ page.

Please contact us for more information or if you would like to schedule a private Explore day for your group.

Four-Year Rotating Schedule

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Session 1 Dermatoglyphics: The Science of Fingerprints Forensic Anthropology: Structure of Bones The Crime Scene: Documenting and Measuring the Crime Scene Human Hair vs. Animal Fur Microscopy
Session 2 Fingerprint Dusting and Lifting Forensic Anthropology: Using Bones to Determine Identity Thin Layer Chromatography Fiber Analysis and Microscopy
Session 3 Fingerprint Minutiae Characteristics: Comparing Patterns DNA Fingerprinting Powders Analysis: Microscopy and Testing Impression Evidence
Session 4 Plant Fingerprint Microscopy Forensic Odontology Forensic Entomology Document Examination