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Ward's® NGSS: Fingerprint ID Magnetic Powder Kit

Lift a finger...print

  • NGSS Life Science DCI LS4.
  • Pre- and post-laboratory assessments
  • Links to a real world scenario
  • Estimated class/lab time required: 135 minutes
In this lab activity, students will learn how to use magnetic fingerprint powder to lift latent fingerprints and identify their characteristics. Students will uncover three types of prints left at a crime scene and lift latent prints using magnetic fingerprint powder. Students will also take a set of their own fingerprints using the traditional ink technique and will learn about the three basic patterns of fingerprints and the eight variations that can occur among them. This activity allows students to explore Framework Science Standards LS4.

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 the scientific standards explored. A student copymaster is also included. This kit includes enough materials to be performed once.

Ordering information: Activity includes Perfect print ink pads, Dual use magnetic fingerprint powder, Magnetic fingerprint applicators, Slides, Fingerprint lifting tabs, Magnifiers, Fingerprint poster, and Paper bags. Materials required but not provided are Small snack bags, Plastic soda bottles, Paper towels, Soap and water or moist towelettes, Highlighter, Hand lotion, Paper, and Gloves.



Item # Description No. of Lab Groups Unit Availability Price Quantity
470213-230 Ward's NGSS: Fingerprint ID Magnetic Powder Kit
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