By: Cynthia Chen
The television shows, “Forensic Files” and “Bones” are likely very familiar to you. The qualities that make these shows so successful and captivating are their ability to entrap and enhance the interests of viewers, as well as pique the curiosities of people of all different backgrounds and ages. In these shows, forensic detectives implement a variety of skills and apply them to a real crime scene, utilizing a wide range of tools and scientific methods in order to take them one step further in the investigation. In real life, lives are on the line; the victim’s relatives will not settle until the case is solved, and as more time passes the case may turn cold. All of this adds to the excitement and thrill that we experience when we watch a forensics television show or movie or engage in a forensics-related activity.
If you want to participate in such activities, learn important analytical, thinking, and life skills, and at the same time, enjoy yourself, the Murder Mystery Club is the perfect club for you. The club meets on Mondays after school from 3:30 to 4:30 in room 912, with Mr. Bloom, the forensics teacher, as the advisor. Each meeting will be centered around a different aspect of forensics and murder mystery solving. In the forensics aspect of the club, members will perform DNA fingerprinting and DNA analysis, compare blood spatter, examine soil and glass, learn about bones and bone structure, and much more. This past week, the club helped set up an actual crime scene for Mr. Bloom’s students to solve in the greenhouse, so you can check it out in the science wing. The club has access to many of these materials, so you will be able to do work performed by professionals in the field. Members also piece information together in order to figure out a perpetrator or narrow down a list of suspects. It is a great way to learn more about the inner workings of forensics, as well as to get hands-on action.
The club also performs a murder mystery simulation where members assume the role of different characters. The captains of the club create plotlines in which a fictional character is the victim, and members will play other characters with certain alibis and backgrounds, and converse with each other in order to solve the murder. By doing this, members gain quick thinking skills necessary for everyday problem-solving. The club also engages in many online critical thinking games, such as Resistance — an online and board game in which players utilize logic tactics in order to expose each other’s identities — to further hone these skills. At the end of the year the club may also travel to “Escape the Room” for a field-trip, where teams of students will perform in a timed environment to piece together clues and figure out a way to break out of a locked room. This is an overall great experience to apply members’ thinking and solving skills in a professional, fast-paced, and exhilarating situation.
If you are interested in joining the club, please contact either Cynthia Chen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Julia Marcussen (email@example.com) in order to be added to the club’s email list.