Murder Under the Microscope
Are your students super sleuth investigators? Would they have fun trying to identify the villain in an environmental catastrophe?
Murder Under the Microscope is a competition open to all schools. It is best suited to students in years 5 to 8.
Murder Under the Microscope (or MUM as it is affectionately known) is a joint initiative of the NSW Department of Land and Water Conservation (now Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources) and the Open Training and Education network (OTEN). It involves student detective groups investigating potential environmental "victims", "villains" and "crime sites" over a three-week period each year via the latest technology. Clues are beamed into the classroom via SBS TV and Internet Broadcasts.
The first part of the competition culminates in teams posting an accusation on the web site following the final day's broadcast. The first school to identify the environmental villain is the winner.
The second part of the competition entails groups submitting a catchment management plan to address the problems raised by the scenario. Groups are judged in two categories: primary and secondary. The plans must be submitted in an A4 written form but may be supplemented with other materials including pictures, maps, graphs, board games, web sites, videos, role-play, songs, and poems. The winners in both the primary and secondary categories are the Murder Under the Microscope Eco Planners.
Schools must register to be part of the competition and are provided with a badge ID that serves as a password to participate in the game. The game is held in term two every year. Teachers are provided with a handbook that outlines the rules and details the game.
Over 1800 school groups across Australia registered for "Rumble on the River", the Murder Under the Microscope theme for the year 2002. Registrations have increased every year and the same groups keep on coming back. Join in the fun and learn something along the way.
For more information visit www.microscope.edu.au