Ectropy Secret Science Team Kit Review
Sssshhhh! It’s secret!
Ectropy’s Secret Science Team Kit is a captivating hands-on crime scene mystery kit for kids (geared for ages 9-12 years old). This is great for homeschoolers, classrooms, parties, or even just a fun educational evening with the kids.
This is what the secret science team box looked like when I opened it up. There was a storyline sheet, case file instruction booklet, data recording sheet, test tubes and test tube rack, plastic beaker, chromatography paper, pH paper, test liquids and other reagents. Everything except water is included! It even had a fun 20ft roll of yellow and black crime scene tape for decoration! The kids especially loved this! This kit was able to cover Mrs. B’s entire 5th grade class of 22 students.
The specimens included were Red Print, Crime Scene Sample, Simulated Human Blood, and Simulated Human Antiserum.
The secret mystery to solve: Was it blood or red paint found on the bicycle?
I do now want to go into too much detail and spoil any results, but below you can see the pH paper as tested by the students.
And here is the chromatography paper results.
The students had a BLAST! The entire experiment took the 5th grade class about 1 hour from start to finish. This is not only a SUPER fun idea, but it is a great hands on educational experience-for kids OR adults! The students need to be able to follow the directions properly, and make their own observations in order to solve this mystery. It promotes teamwork in a group setting so that all students must work together and take turns in order to solve the mystery as a team.