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Murder at Old Fields

Murder at Old Fields is an exciting new Forensic Science Lab Activity for middle school, high school and college classrooms. Based on the 1842 double-murder of Alexander and Rebecca Smith at their farmhouse in Old Fields, Long Island, students examine evidence and conduct labs based on the historical facts of this case.

There are two versions of the Murder at Old Fields activity; a real-world kit and an online version available on this website. Read more below about each version or try our online demo.

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Online Version

The Murder at Old Fields online activity is a cutting edge tool for teaching forensic science. It features an online classroom with lessons and quizzes, a 3D crime scene to explore, a virtual lab to study gathered evidence, and an easy-to-use interface for teachers to manage their classes.

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Real World Kit

This kit includes easy-to-follow and well-written student and teacher guides which go step-by-step through the lab activities. The guides are in modular form, so a teacher can choose to use only those labs that fit the class time available for it. Available from Ward’s Natural Science.

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People are Saying…

Students from Trinity Christian Academy
The students seem to be really enjoying the activity and I'm looking to include it in my curriculum again next year.
Biology Teacher, East Providence, RI
This is a very well designed series of forensic activities based in the real world. I can’t wait to share it with my teachers.
Suzanne S., Oklahoma