The ‘Who Done It?’
The ‘Who Done It?’ in the middle school science enrichment program generated enthusiasm and dedicated sleuthing when our youngsters tried to figure out who stole the cookie dough that we were going to use to bake cookies to raise money for the club! What a day! Why does it matter? SUNY New Paltz pre-service teachers experience informal gatherings with middle school students from around the area in an attempt to see how they work at solving problems, overcome challenges and create creative ways to design methods to test hypotheses. This posting relates to a forensic lesson whereby middle school students figured out who the bandit was by measuring footprints and teeth marks, taking footprints and fingerprints to compare to possible suspects, and identification of a white powder found at the scene and on the suspects.