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Learning Labs

forensic science

Crime Lab

Become a forensic scientist! Students work in teams to analyze evidence such as fingerprints, footwear impressions, white powder, ink and fibers to determine who stole a valuable object.

About the lab

  • Grades: 4-8
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Cost: $120
  • Offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.

Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking questions
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

Cause and effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

N/A

Illinois Learning Standards

4: A, B; 5: A, B, C; 7: C; 10: B; 11: A, B; 13: A, B

Common Core ELA/Literacy Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 3.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.7, 4.10
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.1, 5.2, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Have an increased awareness of STEM careers.
  • Understand the connection between ideas explored and careers that involve forensic science.
  • Actively engage in inquiry-based, hands-on science investigation.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Communicate using terminology/vocabulary accurately.
  • Analyze findings, develop a hypothesis and communicate results of who they infer committed a crime.
  • Identify and describe methods of forensic science techniques including fingerprinting, chromatography, analyzing trace evidence and footwear, and powder analysis.