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Investigating the Past: Murder Mysteries and History

Investigating the Past: Murder Mysteries and History

Learn how to think about and investigate past mysteries- like a murder mystery, and finding the oldest object in your house and how it got there, Become a scientist plus detective rolled into one.


11 May 2020


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About the Course

(This course is targeted at children entering Grades 5, 6, 7 in 2020-21)

Do you enjoy watching/ reading murder mysteries where detectives like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot investigate the murder? Do you get engrossed by questions like- Who is the person who has been murdered? Whom do we suspect as the murderer? What might the motives be? What evidence do we have to say that X murdered Y? If your answer to these questions is ‘Yes’, you have the makings of a historical investigator. Archaeologists and Historians piece together clues to figure out what happened in the past.

In this course, you will start learning how to think about and investigate past events through activities like solving a murder mystery, finding the oldest object in your house and how it got there, what lessons a 15,000-years old fractured human femur bone found in an archaeological site offers to us in these times of corona virus, how mosquitoes have shaped human history and so on. 

In short, you will learn how to combine the abilities of a scientist and a detective to become a historical investigator.

Learn more about our expert course facilitator, Sriram Naganathan, here.

About our Facilitator:

Rachit is an electronics engineer who has been designing analog circuits for the past decade. His work experience includes Cosmic Circuits and Cadence Design Systems (which acquired Cosmic Circuits), on the design of integrated circuits for audio codecs, serial interfaces, and phase locked loops amongst other things. He likes to spend his time on reading, understanding audio, building speakers, music, and sports.

Rachit has a Masters degree from the Centre For Electronic Design And Technology at the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

Muralidhar (aka Murali) is senior mentor and course designer at GenWise with 20+ years of experience in the social sector. In addition to delivering Vocational Training to young adults, he is currently responsible for design, manufacturing and marketing operations at a traditional handicraft (wooden toys) enterprise near Bengaluru. Murali has also delivered training and professional development programs for secondary science teachers and 'making' skills to "gifted students" for around 4 years.

Murali has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.

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