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Science X® CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Science X® CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Fall 2013 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Price: $34.99

Popular television shows such as CSI have instilled in the public an interest in forensic science; unfortunately, the individuals and investigative techniques portrayed in such shows can be misleading if not downright false. Despite the shortcomings of such media portrayals, these shows do increase interest in practical science.

The Science X CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kit by Ravensburger is an excellent introduction to the true science behind CSI. It includes a wide variety of materials (e.g., magnifying glass, footprint casting powder, fingerprinting cards, safety glasses, etc.), which children can use to complete twelve forensic-themed activities. They can collect and compare fingerprints, collect hair and fiber samples, and even isolate DNA from fruit. The instruction manual is well-written and easy-to understand; it includes illustrated directions for experiments as well as real-world information on crime scene investigations.

This is a great kit for families interested in the true science of crime scene investigation.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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