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Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 09:00 to 12:00

Includes an introductory lecture and practical session on fingerprint classification and enhancement techniques. A brief history of criminal detection and discovery of fingerprints; how fingerprints are formed and detected; use of current fingerprint detection technology in security and crime; demonstration on how to collect fingerprints using ink pads followed by approximately 20-30 minutes of practical session where guests collect their own fingerprints and identify prominent markers using the naked eye and magnification; demonstration of how to collect latent fingerprints from a solid surface followed by a 10-15 min practical session where guests collect their own latent fingerprints. The session will conclude with some handwriting analysis.

Age group: 
14–16 year olds
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