Workshop: Forensics Crime Lab

Use cutting edge technology to decipher the evidence found at a crime scene. Chromatography, spatter analysis, DNA extractions and weapon matching are just
some of the scientific tools that are available to crime scene investigators as they piece together the puzzle.

Major Concepts to Be Explored: 

  • What is forensics? 

  • How are fingerprints analyzed? 

  • What is DNA? How can DNA be used to solve a crime? 

  • What is chromatography? How can it help solve a crime? 

  • What is a blood splatter? How can a blood splatter help solve a crime? 

Essential Standards: 

  • 6.P.2.1, 7.L.1.3, 7.L.1.4 

21st Century Skills: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Communicate by sharing thoughts, questions, ideas, and solutions 

  • Collaborate by working together to reach a goal – putting talent, expertise, and smarts to work 

  • Think critically by looking at problems in a new way and linking learning across subjects and disciplines 

  • Create, innovate, and invent by trying new approaches when presented with a challenge 

Goals of the Workshop:

  • To introduce students to the science of forensics, and to show different ways that evidence is analyzed. 

Workshop Objectives: 

Students will be able to: 

  • Identify fingerprints 

  • Understand what chromatography is, and how it can help solve a crime 

  • Understand what DNA is and how it helps to solve crimes 

  • Know what a blood splatter is, and how a blood splatter can help solve a crime 

Methods and Activities: 

  • Students will learn about the different types of forensic science. 

  • Students will analyze fingerprints. 

  • Students will perform chromatography experiments. 

  • Students will perform a DNA extraction. 

  • Students will perform their own “blood splatter” and analyze the results. 

Key Vocabulary: 

Forensics, Crime Scene, Fingerprint Analysis, Chromatography, Chemical Analysis, DNA, Blood Splatter 

Set-up Requirements: 

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 

  • Large room with tables for students to work in small groups (approx. 2-4 students/group). 

  • Access to water. 

  • Access to electricity. 

  • Approximate set-up time is 30 min. 

  • Approximate clean-up time is 30 min.   

  • 15 min needed between sessions to clean-up and restock stations. 

  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades 3 - 8
  • Duration: 6 one-hour sessions
  • call for pricing
  • maximum 25 students

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