‘Murder’ solved by Grantham pupils as they embrace science

Walton Girls' pupil Ella Saunderson is looking for clues.
Walton Girls' pupil Ella Saunderson is looking for clues.
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Students turned detective as they worked together to solve a murder case at a Grantham school.

The murder mystery was part of pupils’ induction on to sixth form at Walton Girls’ High School and Sixth Form. They were taught a variety of scientific, forensic and investigative techniques in the morning and put them to the test in the afternoon.
The school’s theatre was transformed into a busy crime scene complete with body outlines and 65 students wearing protective clothing, masks and latex gloves, working in teams to solve the clues.

Sixth form students at Walton Girls' are dressed the part while taking part in a CSI-themed activity.

Sixth form students at Walton Girls' are dressed the part while taking part in a CSI-themed activity.

Student Callum Watters said: “It’s been a really fun introduction to both forensic science and Walton’s sixth form. I’ve met lots of new people and it has really broken the ice.”

Although fun for students, the activities had the serious aim of promoting science within schools and helping to stretch the imagination and creativity of students.

The CSI-style event was put on by Pulse Education and Business Service and showed the teenagers how science can be a great field to work in.

Aileen Pearce, sixth form learning mentor, said the students “really embraced the challenges of the different tasks and techniques”.
She added: “The programme also improved their team building, analytical and communication skills – essential for future university and career success.”