Murder at the Disco!

The last weekend in July was a busy one for some of our forensic alumni and Dr Helen Tidy who spent their time in the guise of the Forensic Ninja’s at Deer Shed Festival in North Yorkshire. The Forensic Ninja’s were performing in the Science Tent helping children solve “Murder at the Disco” through a set of clues found in the Crime Scene at Club Vortex.

Club Vortex – where time stands still and a medallion robbery goes horribly wrong…

Clues included footwear marks on the dance floor, DNA traces on cups, and fibres snagged on the medallion thieves have attempted to steal. The set was a collaboration between the Forensic Ninja’s and Bradford College, featuring giant Rubik’s cubes and over a 100 pompoms that fluoresced under UV light. Children were invited to investigate the scene, record the clues, then solve the crime in the lab next door to Club Vortex!

Linking footwear marks from the scene to the Suspects Shoes…

By carefully following the clues those that took part, they were able to establish that Vincent Vegas was indeed the thief and murderer – a great way to teach children about forensic science and a lot of fun for the Forensic Ninja’s. Over the weekend more than 350 children were taken through the scene and solved the crime!

Alongside our forensic alumni performing in the tent were Aardman animation (we all love making a Gromit!), electronic masterclasses with Look Mum No Computer, DivKid and Mylar Melodies, as well as Wrek Shop, MadLab, and VR to name a few things. Obviously the Forensics was one of the kids favourites!!

Other activities in the Science Tent included learning to make Gromit with Jim Parkyn from Aardman!

Post written by: Dr Helen Tidy