The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 13
Issue 4 (2008) pp 117-119
The Cake Caper: A Forensics Hands on Experience and Experiment for Grades 4 through 12
Paula W. McDonald, Joseph Sneddon*, and Ron W. Darbeau
Department of Chemistry, McNeese State University,Lake
Charles,Louisiana 70609, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 25 February 2008
Abstract. This paper describes a forensics hands-on experiment and experience for potential use for 4–12 grades. The experience is who cut up the winning cake in a cake competition. The experiment involves a student following a series of clues derived from blood, soil, inks, white-powder substance, cake knife, and fingerprints and determining which of four potential suspects was the culprit. Results and discussion of our experience and observations when the experiment visited local schools over a two-year period are presented.
Key Words: Of Special Interest; forensics, crime-solving, hands-on experience, 4-12 grades, outreach
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Information for teacher’s wanting to adopt his experiment and the student workbook are included in the supporting material (500 KB).
Issue date: April