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forensic science

Evidence Lab

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

About the lab

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

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Capacity: 16 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 and defining problems
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Constructing explanations
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating and communicating information

Crosscutting Concepts:

  • Patterns
  • Cause and Effect
  • Systems and system models

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS 1: From molecules to organisms: structures and processes

  • LS1.A: Structure and Function

ETS2: Links among engineering, technology, science and society

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.
  • Engage 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.