Was Felix Murdered? This was the question the Middle School CSI (Crime Scene Investigators) sought to answer during their week-long STEM after school program at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison. 

The students were presented with a crime scene found on the floor of the Middle School science lab. Felix was dead and there were four different possible suspects. On the first two days, the students broke into groups and logged and collected evidence. On Days 3 and 4, they worked as forensic scientists and learned to expose and study finger prints, analyze foot prints, decipher DNA, and identify various substances using pH, chromatography, tape lift and fire reactivity.  

Throughout the process, the students weighed how each part of the evidence helped answer the overall question of if Felix was murdered and if so who did it. On Day 5, students served as suspects, defense attorneys, prosecutors and jury to tweeze out the facts and convict. Could they make a case?

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.