Sloan Museum crawling with ‘CSI: Crime Scene Insects’

FLINT — “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” at Sloan Museum delves into the mysterious world of crimesolving entomology. It runs now through May 8.

“CSI: Crime Scene Insects” explores one of the most fascinating areas of criminal investigation — forensic entomology. This exhibit uses hands-on learning stations, examples of real field and lab equipment and intriguing case studies.

See real crime scene insects and find out how they help investigators solve real crimes. Through mock investigations and with the help of insects, you can test your skills in solving crimes. “CSI: Crime Scene Insects” is suitable for children 8 years and older and is made possible by Mott Community College, Lush Lawn, Genesee Intermediate School District, Cars108, WNEM TV5 and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

With many TV shows focusing on crime scene investigation, the exhibit uses hands-on activities, educational panels and mock investigations to show visitors how maggots, flies and beetles help solve crimes every day.

At first glance, it may seem easy to assume insects are insignificant because of their size. But because of their role in decomposition and their rapid life-cycles, they offer great insight into a crime timeline.

Visitors can discover the stages of a fly’s life through “The Fly Wheel,” a sculpture that uses light to show the progression in an interesting way, and examine hundreds of insect specimens. The exhibit also explains the job of a forensic entomologist — from the types of cases they investigate to the tools they use — including how their findings come into play in the courtroom.

Visitors also can explore the five stages of decomposition as they open morgue drawers to view models of corpses in each stage. They can then apply this information to mock investigations and see if they discover the same details as someone investigating an actual crime.

Special public activities will include Super Science Saturdays, where students from Mott Community College will help visitors with special hands-on experiments. Public programs during March and April on Thursday evenings will include professional handwriting & document examiner as well as other fascinating topics used in solving crimes.

“CSI: Crime Scene Insects” is a traveling exhibit developed and constructed by ExhibitIQ. The national tour is made possible by Bayer Environmental Science. Endorsed by the producers of the hit CBS television series, “CSI” meets National Science Education Standards.

Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for ages 3-11 and free for children 2 and younger, Mott Community College Students and Faculty as well as Annual Pass Holder Members.

Details: Visit or call 810-237-3450.

Sloan Musem is located in the Flint Cultural Center at 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, MI 48503. — G.G.

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