Today I’ll tell you about the last event we had at the University of Leicester, the Discovery of King Richard III, which was a huge event for the city of Leicester!
So, just to explain how was it, two years ago on the 4th of February 2013, a team from our university working on an archaeological site found that the remains they were working on were King Richard’s III remains! After having professionals from different areas of expertise such as DNA, Archaeology, Forensic Sciences, history among others, the team claim to the world the important discovery.
And what a discovery!!
After that, and two years later, the city of Leicester prepared to celebrate this discovery and to pay tribute to Richard III in an one-week-event all over the city.
And we did not stay outside of it, of course 😀
Since Forensic Sciences had a big importance within the process of identification the remains (Forensic Pathology) we were invited to present our researches on the last 21st March.
This Saturday was, I may say, a crazy Saturday. Not just for everything around it, that I’ll shortly tell you, but also because I was in a “moving/unpacking process” (the last one, I hope!).
So, the University of Leicester organised a huge event to celebrate the date, and our gang did a poster and “cool stuff” exhibition. The gross amount of attendees during this day in the area we stayed was children.
Some interested adults as well, but kids took the place for them. Hopefully!!
What have we done, are you asking? Well, the posters you already know what it is right? OK, cool!
But, the “cool stuff” is whispering at your ear “what have they done?” right?!
You can see Etienne and Jessica’s blog to see the first cool thing they did. I can reveal that it was a WINNER(!). They had the brilliant idea to do bookmarks with an oval space where kids could put their fingerprint. They did 400 thinking it could be too many but before half of the day they ran out of book marks!!
Also Lisa brought some cool stuff. It was some footprints where children could try to identify the pattern that did the mark. Passing through the posters and in the end of the room Silke and I had our posters where children also had some ‘forensic challenges’ to do.
I might ask myself, “How many future forensic examiners we saw that Saturday?”
So we had two different activities. To the first one Silke started to talk with kids about the different patterns fingerprints could have, and the importance of it. After that I jumped with the question “so which of you wants to be a fingerprint examiner??”. It is easy to imagine that everyone always shouted “ME!!”. The second activity was to try identifying the fingerprint that could match with the possibilities our IDENT1 System was giving us. It was really cool to see that almost everyone got the right answer when they did not read the contextual information above each possibility. After reading it, the accuracy changed to 50-50 (more or less…).
Interesting the way contextual information seemed to work in a really not formal context. But even though, it worked and contaminated people, adults and the future minds of academia (I hope!), the kids 🙂
In the end of both activities, we also had an extra activity with skittles which was also related with cognitive contamination. I’ll not tell you too much about it as I might use it again since it worked so well!! So if you want to know it, come along in the next poster presentation if you’re around!!
I must say it was a tiring day. But it really was worth it. I missed to work with kids. They are the best ones to work with in my opinion since they don’t have the filters adults have, if they don’t like something they will tell you or if they agree with something they stick with it and give you the most basic explanation to do that, which is, in my opinion also the most important explanation!
It was a really good Saturday!!