Invisible ink, fingerprints and perfect weather made for a great St. Petersburg Science Festival. The National Forensic Science Technology Center was joined by volunteers from Pinellas Park High School’s Criminal Justice Academy for the fourth annual event held on the University of South Florida St. Petersburg waterfront campus.
Children, and quite a few adults, wandered through three activity stations at the NFSTC tent – chromatography, alternative light source (ALS), and fingerprints – trying to nab the “Cookie Crook.” At the chromatography station, our junior investigators compared samples to see which marker wrote the ransom note. Then they moved over to the ALS boxes to get a peek at the invisible ink left behind at the scene. The last station was all about comparing their fingerprints to the Cookie Crook himself. (Some even lifted a few from his adorable dog, too!)
Lynn Peavey donated evidence bags and several other hot ticket giveaways – almost all of which were gone before the festival closed. We’re already counting down to next year’s event!