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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 23 2015
$4,362
pledged of $150,000pledged of $150,000 goal
64
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 23 2015

About

It's an interactive virtual school that provides incredible resources, including lectures, games and simulations, for students, educators and anyone who is fascinated by forensic, crime and security science.

Learn about forensic, crime and security science. 

Connect with some of the most prominent faculty in the world. 

Immerse yourself in fascinating lectures, imaginative games and vivid simulations.

Join as a single user or if you’re an educator, your entire classroom can sign up.

 As seen in...

What are forensic, crime and security science?

  • Forensic science: the science of gathering and examining evidence that can be used in a court of law. Imagine: crime scene investigators in white suits, bright blue fingerprints under UV light, and bodies being examined.
  • Crime science: many fields that work to improve the detection, prevention and understanding of crime. Imagine: predictive mapping and colourful crime hotspot analyses.
  • Security science, or cybersecurity: the study of how to keep electronic data safe. Imagine: whip-smart white hat hackers working to prevent cybercrime.

You can: 

Classrooms can also

Our resources show you precisely where each submodule aligns with core subjects in the US middle and high schools, or the UK's national curriculum. 

Each submodule in the six initial modules is accompanied by:

  • a teacher's introduction and lesson plan;
  • key terms and definitions;
  • a classroom activity with materials easily found in most school labs;
  • recommended equipment providers if required; and
  • printable handouts.

After 13 years of delivering in-school and on-site workshops, programmes and other outreach events for hundreds of schools, institutions of higher learning and charities, we’re ready to reach a wider audience. This means everyone, including you.

One of our several incredible events at the Museum of London -- coming to a desktop near you.
One of our several incredible events at the Museum of London -- coming to a desktop near you.

We’re trying to help:

Inspire interest in forensic, crime and security science.

  • We'd like to share our excitement for real-life crime and security science with a public that is fascinated by fictional crime fighters and codebreakers. What’s happening when we turn the television off is far more intriguing. 

Galvanize STEM learning inside and outside the classroom.

  • CSI scenarios are becoming increasingly popular in classrooms as problem-based learning gains traction. We’ve been firmly at the forefront of a movement that frames scientific concepts in a narrative framework to promote engagement.

Enhance public understanding of the science used in criminal justice.

  • Two words: CSI effect. This refers to the often distorted public perception of the realities of forensic science due to depictions in popular media, like TV. Whether or not you believe in the reality of the CSI effect, legal experts have made numerous recommendations that people serving on juries -- potentially any one of us -- should have at least a basic grasp of the scientific concepts at play in courtrooms.

We’re proud to feature some of the most renowned investigators and forensic scientists in the world.

In addition to our faculty, we’ll feature selected scientists and investigators for expanded modules and livestreams.

Your help will allow us to build six “101” modules into CASE Academy. If we reach $500K or even $1 million with your help, we’ll build up to four more state-of-the-art security modules.

Fund us, and as a student, here’s what you’ll be able to learn:

Crime scene investigation: how to systematically search and document a crime scene, or the procedure followed in the identification, processing and collection of physical evidence.

Forensic anthropology: the study of remains from a corpse in an advanced state of decomposition to determine identity or cause of death.

Forensic pathology: determining the cause, and other factors, relating to death by examining a corpse.

Forensic toxicology: the study of the effects of chemicals, like poisons and drugs, on living organisms.

Ballistics: the science of mechanics that deals with launching, flight, behaviour and the effect of projectiles -- like bullets, in a forensic context.

Forensic and criminal psychology: the intersection between psychology and the justice system; as well as how to decipher elements of criminal behaviour.

For each of these modules, you will have access to lectures, simulations and games to enliven and consolidate your learning.

Stretch Modules

If we reach $500K, we’ll be able to build and offer two additional modules: cybersecurity and counterterrorism. This is an addition to upgraded versions of our previous modules. Please see our stretch goals for further details.

If we reach $1 million, we’ll be able to build and offer four additional modules. These include: cybersecurity; counterterrorism; infrastructure security; and security technology. Upgraded versions of all ten modules will be included at this level. Please see our stretch goals for further details.

You.

CASE Academy is designed for anyone fascinated by forensic, crime and security science.

This means anyone who has ever:

  • Watched fictional or true crime TV shows: CSI, Sherlock, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, NCIS, Bones, True Detective, or Dexter. The list goes on.

  • Reads or is writing a crime or mystery novel. This includes fans of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic character Sherlock Holmes to modern-day Kinsey Millhone.

Students who:

  • Can’t get enough of science, but don’t see how the concepts they learn in biology, chemistry or physics really apply to the real world.

  • Are committed to or are pursuing  a career in law, criminal justice, forensic science or cybersecurity and are motivated to get a head-start or supplement their exam-time revision.

Educators who:

  • Actively work from a forensic science curriculum and require access to high-quality resources from leaders in the subject to supplement their teaching.

  • Science educators teaching STEM subjects to students between ages 11 and 18. If you’re looking for an innovative science curriculum that encourages the comprehension of basic science concepts through forensic science, you’ve found it.

CASE Academy, and all associated resources, will be accessible online.

Your journey:

  • Join us.
  • Create your member or classroom profile.
  • Start learning by selecting a module that interests you or your classroom.

If you’re an educator:

  • Access the curriculum for your classroom’s age range. View and download your resources.

It’s simple and fun.

  • $150 K. We're funded for our beginner six modules!
  • $500 K. We're funded for our intermediate and advanced core modules, as well as our beginner's cybersecurity and counterterrorism modules.
  • $1 million. We're funded for all of our forensic, crime and security science beginner, intermediate and advanced modules. At this stage, 10% will enter our Education Fund to subsidise access for schools around the world and to shape future modules.

Today

We’ve researched, written and consolidated our curriculum for the core six modules incorporating feedback from experienced educators along the way, assembled and worked beside an incredible faculty, built detailed wireframes and final proofs of the platform’s entire user journey.

Tomorrow

Next, we need to produce high-quality lecture videos; coordinate, organise and arrange demonstrations; and complete the creation of CASE Academy's purpose-built education technology platform. 

A glimpse into the future.

Timeline

  • June 2015: ship initial rewards (e.g. t-shirts, stickers)
  • October 2015: complete filming and post-production of 60, 40-50 minute lectures and demonstrations.
  • December 2015: complete usability testing.
  • February 2016: CASE Academy launched.

Risks and challenges

We’re an organisation with 13 years of experience in creating and delivering innovative, educational programmes. Combined with a carefully-selected development team and an indisputably brilliant faculty, we are prepared to handle any logistical or technical challenges that arise during this project.

Above, we have chosen to provide a considered estimate of delivery dates. Throughout, we are committed to:

1. Keeping our backers informed of our progress following the campaign.
2. Being as transparent as possible if challenges arise.
3. Delivering our rewards on time.

In the case our timeline is impeded by unexpected challenges, we will strive to minimise their impact on our supporters and communicate honestly with our backers throughout.

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    REWARDS FOR SINGLE USERS.

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    CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules.

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    A special thank you from our entire team and faculty for choosing to be an imaginative educator. Now, onto the good stuff:

    An incredible THREE-month classroom CASE Academy subscription for up to 25 students, where you'll be able to access our full curriculum for three age ranges: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and 18. From lesson plans to handouts, everything you need to supplement your science class is here.

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    CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules.

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; and a shiny, durable vinyl sticker.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as a "Booster."

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    A special thank you from our entire team and faculty for choosing to be an imaginative educator. Now, onto the good stuff:

    An incredible SIX-month classroom CASE Academy subscription for up to 25 students, where you'll be able to access our full curriculum for three age ranges: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and 18. From lesson plans to handouts, everything you need to supplement your science class is here.

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    CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules.

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; and a shiny, durable vinyl sticker.

    THREE exquisitely printed pocket guides (nearly 100 pages each of detailed facts and figures) to modules of your choice! Choose from any of the six core modules. These make excellent companions to your play and learning.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as a "Booster."

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    LIMITED, SIGNED COPIES OF PETER JAMES' NOVELS!

    A signed copy of Peter James’ first Roy Grace novel, Dead Simple, AND CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules.

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    A special thank you from our entire team and faculty for choosing to be an imaginative educator. Now, onto the good stuff:

    A ONE YEAR classroom CASE Academy subscription for up to 25 students, where you'll be able to access our full curriculum for three age ranges: 11 to 13, 14 to 16, and 17 and 18. From lesson plans to handouts, everything you need to supplement your science class is here.

    You and your students will have enough enough time to learn, play and explore the vast, rich content available!

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    You'll receive:

    CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules, plus the next module we release (if we do reach our stretch goals).

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; and a shiny, durable vinyl sticker.

    ALL SIX exquisitely printed pocket guides (nearly 100 pages each of detailed facts and figures)! These make excellent companions to your play and learning.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as a "Booster."

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    CASE Academy single user access to the core six modules, plus the next SIX modules that we release (if we do reach our stretch goals).

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; a shiny, durable vinyl sticker; and a poster signed by the CASE Academy team and faculty.

    ALL SIX exquisitely printed pocket guides (nearly 100 pages each of detailed facts and figures)! These make excellent companions to your play and learning.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as "School Staff": be a school nurse, maintenance man, or anything else you fancy!

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    ATTEND A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME BOOK LAUNCH!

    We'll send you a pair of tickets to Peter James’ upcoming book launch in Brighton. This is truly any crime novelist or bookworm's dream come true (especially, we imagine, if you're a writer)!

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    You'll receive:

    CASE Academy single user access to the six core modules, plus the next SIX modules that we release (if we do reach our stretch goals).

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; a shiny, durable vinyl sticker; and a poster signed by the CASE Academy team and faculty.

    ALL SIX exquisitely printed pocket guides (nearly 100 pages each of detailed facts and figures) to modules of your choice! These make excellent companions to your play and learning.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as a"School Founder".

    A half-day workshop for a single classroom of up to 30 students (just remember to account for travel expenses to your location), or we'll liven up a birthday party or corporate event!

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    If you're considering this reward, we'll say that it's a truly special one. Along with the brilliant ways we'll try and say "thank you" below, backing us at this level will ensure that we'll consider you a formative part of our growth and will endeavour to incorporate your feedback when we envision CASE's future plans.

    You'll receive:

    CASE Academy single user access to the six core modules, plus the next SIX modules that we release (if we do reach our stretch goals).

    A remarkably soft CASE Academy t-shirt adorned with our coat of arms; a shiny, durable vinyl sticker; and a poster signed by the CASE Academy team and faculty.

    ALL SIX exquisitely printed pocket guides (nearly 100 pages each of detailed facts and figures)! These make excellent companions to your play and learning.

    Your name proudly emblazoned on our online "Yearbook" as a "School Legend": be the sports champion, the legendary mascot, or yourself. Write your own biography. You choose.

    A tailored, half-day workshop for up to 100 people (just remember to account for travel expenses to your location).

    Dinner with our entire team (and some faculty members) for up to two people in Central London.

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