Budding forensic scientists can head along to the new Scitech exhibit – Whodunit? - to solve the murder mystery at the “Menagerie Park” zoo.
Due to the content, this exhibit it recommended for children 8 years or older and parental guidance is advised. I took my 6 and 4 year olds through the exhibit, and while they weren’t scared by anything they saw, they did get bored pretty quickly.
On entry to “Menagerie Park” we grabbed a crime file and
pencil to record our findings and try to figure out “Whodunit?”.
The first stop – the crime scene! A security guard has been shot dead and the zoo’s White Rhino has been stolen! There are lots of individual investigation stations using real forensic science, to help piece together all the evidence from the crime scene.
We looked at several pieces of glass found on the suspects to see if they matched a shard of glass from the crime scene, by using light refraction.
We made up an identikit of the suspect using a witness’ description. This involved choosing different eyes, nose, mouth etc on a computer to come up with a picture that matched the description.
We visually matched a poo sample from the crime scene with the animal that made it.
There were lots of other experiences to do to help solve the crime including: Matching tyre tracks, using fluorescent lights to find clues, comparing hand writing on a ransom note, matching bullets and more.
I really enjoyed the exhibit, but it didn’t capture the attention of my young kids, so definitely recommend it for older kids.
Scitech is currently undergoing some renovations to the entry and exit, so Discovery Land (aimed at younger kids) has been greatly reduced while the work is taking place.
More information: www.scitech.org.au
Review by Kids Around Perth Reporter Candice, 4th June 2017