Can you think like a forensic detective?
- NGSS Life/Physical Science DCIs LS1, LS3, and PS1
- Pre and post-laboratory assessments
- Links to real world concepts
- Estimated class/lab time required: 200 minutes over 3-4 days
This lab provides students with insight and hands-on experience with many elements of a real forensic investigation. As the students move through each module of this activity, they will be exposed to NGSS Life Science Disciplinary Core Ideas LS1 (Structures and Processes) and LS3 (Heredity) PS1 (Matter and its Interactions) as they perform a variety of techniques used by police officers, detectives, crime scene technicians, and forensic scientists. These exercises will allow students to acquire a deeper appreciation of the field of forensic science.
This kit has been aligned with all published National Standards. Pre- and Post-laboratory assessments and vocabulary words all target specific Science and Engineering Practices and common core standards. The teacher guide also contains specific "Did You Know" concepts that link the real world with scientific standards explored. A student copymaster is also included.
Ordering information: Kit contents include Jar of fingerprint powder, Fingerprint brush, Roll of fingerprint lifting tape, Hand magnifiers, Calipers, Pipets, Ward’s® Simulated Drip And Projected Blood, Ward’s® Simulated Transfer Blood, Index cards (5 x 8”), 20% copper sulfate solution, Dropping bottle (15 mL), Vial of powdered luminol, Spray bottle, Ward’s® Simulated Blood samples (Crime scene, Victim, Suspects #1-#4), Ward’s®Simulated anti-sera (A,B,Rh), Blood typing trays, Packages of toothpicks, Piece of cloth netting (7 x 10”), Package of coverslips (100), Package of microscope slides (72), Plastic forceps, 2 glass plates (5 x 5"), 10 glass plates (8 x 8"), 1 Package of nails, 1 Roll of masking tape, Foam sheets, 50 Zipper bags, Roll of crime scene barrier tape (50'), Evidence bags, Numbered photo markers, Photo rules, Tape measures, Ward’s® Blood Typing poster, Ward’s® Examining Forensic Science poster, Sheets of graph paper, Sheets of cardboard, Sheets of black construction paper, Roll of transparent tape, FACES™ Composite Software version 4.0, and Take-Home Student I.D. Kits.
Materials required but not provided are Computers (preferably with printers), Compound microscope, Deli paper or computer paper for blood spatter, Scissors, Distilled water, Hammer, Wax pencil or marker, Dust masks or ventilation hood (recommended), and Digital camera (optional).