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CSI Family Day March 14, 2010
DALLAS/March 2, 2010—Ever wanted to examine a mock crime scene and study evidence like fingerprints, hair, documents and eyewitness testimony? Now's your chance! For the fourth straight year, CSI Family Day at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza gives visitors the chance to solve a hypothetical crime. Guests can examine a mock crime scene, receive a police report about what happened and perform forensic analysis at evidence stations.
CSI Family Day offers a fun and engaging way to learn about modern investigative techniques and the real-life challenges to solving crime. The event is suitable for children eight years and older, their parents, and anyone interested in crime scene investigation and analysis. The first 500 kids will have the chance to have their fingerprints taken free of charge for parent identification purposes.
For the second straight year, The Sixth Floor Museum is partnering with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Club, the only accredited undergraduate forensic science program in the state. The club's mission is to enable students in the UNT Forensic Science Certification Program to learn about the forensic science career field, establish a presence in the American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS), and form student and professional networks that are dedicated to the study of forensic science. Students enrolled in the program will be on hand to teach others the skills and knowledge they have learned in their courses and labs.
"Hopefully, the young people who participate in CSI Family Day will be encouraged to enter scientific fields by interacting with the college students pursuing degrees in forensic science," says UNT Forensic Science director Teresa Golden. "The students are able to share with the community several investigative tools that are used in forensic science."
New this year, Sergeant Dennis Craig and staff from the Dallas Police Department will be on hand to help and answer questions about personal safety.
CSI Family Day is free with paid Museum admission: $13.50 for adults, $12.50 for youth (ages 6-18) and seniors (65+), free for five years and younger (or $3.50 with child audio guide). Discounts for groups of 20 or more are available.
CSI Family Day is made possible through the generous support of Wells Fargo and is presented in partnership with the University of North Texas Forensic Science Club and with support from the Dallas Police Department. For more, visit www.jfk.org/go/events.
About the Museum
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets and supports the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in the West End Historic District of downtown Dallas, the Museum is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and 12 to 6 p.m. Monday. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are available in seven languages, and a youth version is available in English. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.
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