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forensic science

Evidence Lab

Immerse yourself in the world of crime scene investigation. Students use hands-on forensic science techniques such as DNA, bullet, blood spatter and trace evidence analysis to solve a crime.

About the lab

This lab is more advanced than the Crime Lab in both grade level and content.

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Capacity: 30 students
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Cost: $140
  • 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
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

Patterns
Systems and system models

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS 1: From molecules to organisms: structures and processes

Illinois Learning Standards

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

Lab goals

Students will:

  • Identify and describe specific forensic science techniques: trace evidence analysis, DNA analysis, bullet analysis and blood spatter analysis.
  • Explain how scientific methodology is applied within forensic science.
  • Understand the connection between ideas explored and careers that involve forensic science.
  • Be actively engaged in a hands-on and inquiry-based science investigation.
  • Work collaboratively with peers.
  • Observe and analyze forensic evidence using scientific tools.
  • Synthesize findings and communicate results.