Xplorlabs: Engaging the Next Generation of Real-World Problem Solvers Through Safety Science Education
August 16, 2018

Promoting Fire Forensics at 370,000-person Festival


More than a dozen Underwriters Laboratories employees introduced the UL Xplorlabs module Fire Forensics: Claims and Evidence to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C., an event attended by more than 370,000 people. An interactive 40' x 40' booth provided students and educators a hands-on experience of the fascinating world of fire forensics.  

Designed to complement the Xplorlabs module, booth visitors analyzed a mock fire investigation journal to learn about the fire triangle. Then they , studied and took notes on burned artifacts from an actual fire, recorded evidence and made their own claims as to how a lab-controlled fire originated. As an added bonus, they could also talk to professional fire investigators from the Washington, D.C. metro area.