This paper aims to present the development of a project that explores the forensic chemistry and criminal investigation for the popularization of science. This proposal includes problem solving, learning and application of experimental techniques and teamwork as strategies for the development of inquiry skills and science communication. 

In this regard, the activities were inspired in Role Playing Games, and planned to offer problem-situations and resources (bibliographic, experimental and technological) to participants so that they can, by interacting with these resources, express their ideas in order to solve the proposed problem. Specifically, we proposed activities around the reconstitution of a fictional crime scene and laboratory analysis, which allowed individuals to sort data, run tests, analyze the chemical composition of forensic evidence, and to determine the importance and significance of testing. Research findings suggested the development of inquiry skills associated with observation, description, interpretation, recognition of scientific concepts, problem solving and communication.  

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Forensic chemistry
An interactive learning environment

Michelle Camara Pizzato   Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul – Campus Porto Alegre

Rudá de Souza Roveda   Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul – Campus Porto Alegre

Patrik de Souza Rocha   Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul – Campus Porto Alegre

Lediane Chagas Marques   Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Rio Grande do Sul – Campus Porto Alegre

This paper aims to present the development of a project that explores the forensic chemistry and criminal investigation for the popularization of science. This proposal includes problem solving, learning and application of experimental techniques and teamwork as strategies for the development of inquiry skills and science communication. 

In this regard, the activities were inspired in Role Playing Games, and planned to offer problem-situations and resources (bibliographic, experimental and technological) to participants so that they can, by interacting with these resources, express their ideas in order to solve the proposed problem. Specifically, we proposed activities around the reconstitution of a fictional crime scene and laboratory analysis, which allowed individuals to sort data, run tests, analyze the chemical composition of forensic evidence, and to determine the importance and significance of testing. Research findings suggested the development of inquiry skills associated with observation, description, interpretation, recognition of scientific concepts, problem solving and communication.  

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