Dear Chris,

My name is Ramsey Musallam, and I have designed the workshop you will be leading on June 4 & 5. Below, you will find resources to ensure your facilitation is both smooth and well-informed. You will also find a copy of this email in the "Materials" section of the workshop curriculum.

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Please confirm your readiness by replying to all on this email thread by May 28th after reviewing the provided information. Feel free to ask any questions or share concerns you might have.Workshop Curriculum: Access the curriculum that you and the participants will follow here and carefully view a video tour of the curriculum here. Please display this URL for student access: All materials are provided by Woven for each step of the curriculum process. Adjust group sizes as needed to ensure student involvement, ideally 2-3 students per group, with 2 being preferable. Additionally, please carefully review this video tour of the curriculum to better understand the organization of the curriculum [Chris, I did not include this for you since you are familiar with the format].

Activity Specifics:

  • Day 1: Microscopy - Instructional videos are provided for the students. If you are not familiar with Foldscopes, I encourage you to spend time exploring the resources on this page to familiarize yourself with the basics. Encourage students to view specimens under their Foldscope using both the provided LED light, and using their phone. Additionally, leveraging the "Zoom" feature on the phone is a helpful method for adding magnification to the Foldscope.
  • Day 2: Forensic Science -
    • Instructional videos are self-explanatory. However, I recommend exploring paper chromatography in more detail before the day begins. Each forensic test is designed to investigate three suspects, but additional materials are available to analyze more suspects if time and student engagement permit.
    • As the instructor, you will need to complete a fingerprint card for each suspect and apply your own fingerprints to the provided acrylic squares. Be sure to work with your colleagues to create separate prints for each suspect. Each group will be provided with three separate cards of prints, one of which will match the lifted print from the "Fingerprint Analysis" portion. These prints and specimens will be used by the students.
    • During the "Final Verdict" portion of the day, students will receive an envelope containing fingerprint cards from various suspects, one of which will match the acrylic square from the "Fingerprint Analysis" portion. Blank cards are provided for this activity.

Teacher Support:

  • For non-urgent inquiries, please email me directly at I will reply within 24 hours.
  • For urgent or time-sensitive inquiries, please call or text me at (415) 260-2581, and I will provide support as soon as possible.

I look forward to our collaboration and hope you find the experience enjoyable and rewarding.

Best regards,

Ramsey Musallam