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Super Sleuths

Division: A – Elementary

NC Essential Standards Alignment: Science as Inquiry

Event Rules: Super Sleuths Rules 2021

Event Score Sheet: None

Clarifications: None

Description:

Given a mystery scenario, evidence, and a list of possible suspects, teams will be expected to perform a series of tests to draw specific conclusions about the scenario and suspects. The test results along with other evidence will be used to solve the mystery of the scenario.

Materials:

Teams must bring something to write with and safety goggles.

Teams may also bring a tool kit with the following items:
1. Spot plates, paper cups, or any containers in which teams can perform the tests

2. Droppers, popsicle sticks, spatulas, plastic spoons, tongs, and/or forceps for handling materials

3. pH test strips or paper

4. A ruler

5. A wash bottle or dropper bottle of distilled water

6. Hand lenses or loupes

7. Paper towels

8. A disposable cup for solid waste

9.  An 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper with any kind of notes written on both sides

The event supervisor will inspect kits and set aside any non-allowed items.

Scoring:

High Score wins. Points will be assigned as follows: Chemical evidence 50%, physical evidence 30%, analysis of the crime 20%. Ties will be broken based on best score in the chemical evidence section.

Common Mistakes:

The biggest problem elementary teams have is time management. Be prepared to divide and conquer parts of the test, or you may not get done.

Recommendations:

None

Fast Facts:

None

Event Resources:

Super Sleuths 2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)
Super Sleuths 2018 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2019 Rules)
2017 Coaches Clinic Presentation
Powder Identification Blank Chart

General sites on Forensics

https://www.soinc.org/science-crime-busters-notes – tracks & footprints
Forensic checklist of links, activities, and notes
http://php.indiana.edu/~lwoz/socrime/index.htm
Links to forensic activities for students

Polymers and Fibers: (not for 2021)
Microscopic Images of Fibers—search for the types of fibers and select the kind of microscopic technique for the image you want.
Animal Hair Images

Chromatography: (not for 2021)
Intro to Chromatography

Kids Zone – Forensics

Media: