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Learning Labs

forensic science

Evidence Lab

Extend learning with these resources.

Pre- and post-visit activities

Glass Chip Analysis (PDF)
Calculate the density of seven glass samples to determine which one matches the "unknown" sample.

Ink Chromatography (PDF)
Use paper chromatography and calculate the retention factor of ink to determine what marker wrote a ransom note.

Fiber Test (PDF)
Observe fibers under a microscope and perform a burn test.

Additional resources

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
www.aafs.org

Federal Bureau of Investigation
www.fbi.gov

Virtual gel electrophoresis
learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/labs/gel

PBS Teachers: Forensic Science
www.pbs.org/teachers/thismonth/forensics/index3.html

University of Colorado: Forensic Science
www.colorado.edu/outreach/BSI/k12activities/forensics.html

CSI Web Adventures
forensics.rice.edu/en/For-Educators/Cool-Links.html

Career connections

American Academy of Forensic Sciences: Choosing a Career
aafs.org/students/choosing-a-career