Shake it out for Science

Shake it out for Science is a Citizen Science project collaboration between the Australian Federal Police, ChemCentre and Curtin University.

In this project, citizen scientists will be trained to shake and collect debris from clothing items, then collect the debris or "shakings" using a technique that is employed by forensic experts across Australia. The shakings will then be sent to the Forensic Science Laboratory at ChemCentre, where they will be examined for trace evidence - specifically glass fragments. Citizen Scientists will also need to complete an online questionnaire for each shaking sample submitted.

The aim of Shake it out for Science is for the data collected to provide an estimation of background levels of broken glass in the population.

As this is the pilot program we are limiting the number of participants in 2022, however once the pilot results are in we will use this model to kick off the national project in 2023!


Watch the video to learn more about Shake it out for Science from one of our forensic science experts, Dr Kari Pitts.

Our Shake it out for Science project partners are:

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Curtin University


If you have a question about this Citizen Science project or if you need more information please contact us at


Information for 2022 Pilot Schools

Thank you to all participants in our pilot program in 2022. To help you successfully complete the activity, please watch this instructional video and download the activity instruction card from the resources section below, to provide guidance as you Shake it out for Science.

Once you have your samples securely packaged and labelled with your Unique Sample Code, please complete your sample submission survey here: Sample Submission Survey

Group 4 program coordinators: you can find your free freight instructions in the resources section below.

Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2022-0510).

Postal address

PO Box 1250

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

Deliveries: Ground floor - use Conlon Street entrance