Website Now Live on the Internet - An Online Forensics Lab Activity For Middle School, High School and Home School Students

Murder at Old Fields is an exciting new Forensics Lab Activity that pioneers the web-based model of science learning. Based on the 1842 double-murder of Alexander and Rebecca Smith at their farmhouse in Old Fields, Long Island, students examine evidence and conduct labs based on the historical facts of this case via a web browser.

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The scene of the 1842 double-murder

It is the "now" of science learning

Greenlawn, Long Island (PRWEB) April 23, 2013, a breakthrough web-based tool for learning Forensic Science, was launched at the most recent NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) national conference in San Antonio, Texas on April 11–14, 2013.

This online lab activity is a pioneering approach for teachers and students to learn the science of forensics through an objective-based, learning-by-discovery educational tool.

"This approach is no longer the "future" of science learning, it is the "now" of science learning," said John J. Stevens of Bullfrog Communications, the developer of provides:

  • Lessons that teach the real science of forensics according to National Science Education Content Standards
  • Quizzes auto-graded to quickly and easily gauge a student’s mastery of the science lessons
  • Discovery of the evidence at the 3D crime scene of a historically-accurate rural American 19th Century farmhouse
  • Lab activities to analyse evidence, record data and apply the scientific method to solve problems through a compelling and engaging use of the most advanced online tools available
  • Easy-to-use accounts where students can assess their results and teachers can monitor student performance; Teachers can choose to enable some or all of the lab activities to accommodate the class schedule and help students learn through discovery, at their own pace.

Meticulously crafted to reflect the facts of this long cold case, is also an ideal interdisciplinary/cross-curricular learning experience, with a rich immersion in American history and a strong narrative of the crime and the time.

Along with the real-world lab activity kit available through Ward's Natural Science, provides complete flexibility for teachers to work in the lab at school, or on the computer either at school or at home.

The function is compatible with the two most recent versions of all major browsers - including Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera - and is designed to perform well on iPads.


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Murder at Old Fields Article in Long Islander newspaper, 1842

The crime made big news in its day, and the site of the murder became notorious

Online Forensics Lab Acitivty Students collect evidence at the crime scene

The facts and evidence of the crime match those of the historic event

Forensic Science Online Laboratory The evidence is analysed in the Online Lab

Students use online tools to help observe and record data from the evidence

Murder at Old Fields Based on the facts and evidence of the historic crime

Students learn both science and history using