Murder on the Preston Express
With everyone’s favourite moustachioed detective, Hercule Poirot once again hitting the big screen, Moor Park sent it’s very own express, filled with a cast of year 9 sleuths, down to the University of Central Lancashire to solve Preston’s own whodunnit.
This trip was part of the school’s partnership with UCLAN in the ‘Schools and Universities Network (SUN programme)’ which is currently running across all year groups to educate, entertain and enthuse participants in science.
On arrival, students were taken into one of the laboratories in the Darwin building where the murder case was presented and suspicions cast over the curio of potential suspects. However, unlike Poirot, our Year 9 sleuths had modern, scientific forensic techniques at their disposal to analyse the suspects’ DNA and link it to the crime scene. Throughout the day, students were able to use a wide range of equipment and techniques (many of which I only used for the first time at university) to finally reveal the murderer as the victim’s very own “mon ami”.
It was an excellent experience for our young people, who were a credit to the school and many of whom now have the spark for a future in scientific enquiry.