Forensics Learning Lab

Crime Scene Units

Crime Scene Unit 1: Introduction to Forensics

Resources for Teaching Crime Scene Investigation

FBI Handbook of Forensic Services

- web based handbook
- PDF based handbook

Court TV's Crime Library: Criminal Minds & Methods

Forensics FYI

Forensics in the Classroom Units from Court TV

Court TV's Forensics in the Classroom (FIC) Program
As part of its ongoing commitment to education, Court TV is pleased to bring forensics to high school science classrooms nationwide. This FREE, exciting new program conforms to nationally recognized standards and was developed as part of a continuing educational partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Unit Mystery Overview:

The Cafeteria Caper: The cafeteria at Park Haven H.S. was trashed, and the evidence left behind bears a suspicious similarity to the initiation rights of an underground club. Students conduct an enzymes test, as well as hair, blood and DNA analysis to find out who’s responsible.

It's Magic!: Who snatched Magic, the award-winning pooch, from his master’s home? To find out, students perform handwriting analysis, a pH test and paper chromatography.

The Celebration: A city’s football victory prompts some excessive celebration, and police are called. Students must run a gunshot residue test on various clothing samples from people at the scene in order to determine who may have fired a weapon.

The Car That Swims: A car is found at the bottom of a river. How did it get there and to whom does it belong? Students must use footprint casting and scientific reasoning to see through a young girl’s shaky explanation and get to the bottom of the story.

Renters Beware: A makeshift chemistry laboratory, strange vials of liquid, and a money-hungry landlord all combine to create this puzzle. To solve the mystery, students will first use a flame test to determine the contents of the vials, then a Kastle-Meyer test and fingerprint matching to find the owner of the lab and uncover the plot.


History of Fingerprints
Another History of Fingerprints

AFIS: Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems

FAQ about Fingerprints

Court TV Fingerprint Game

Requirements & Resources from the Fingerprinting Merit Badge

Mark Twain interview about fingerprints

Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
Switched at birth by a young slave woman who fears for her son's life, a light-skinned infant changes place with the master's white son. This simple premise underlies Pudd'nhead Wilson, an engrossing 19th-century mystery involving reversed identities, an eccentric detective, a horrible crime, and a tense courtroom scene. One of Twain's later works (first published in 1894), this witty, yet liting novel also includes a literary first: the use of fingerprinting to solve a murder mystery.
- Buy the Dover edition of the book
- Read it online for free! Try any of the following versions:
- - Complete Mark Twain Collection edition
- - The Free Library edition

Other Resources for the Forensics Learning Lab

Crime Seen
What's more fun than unraveling a mystery in the classroom? When Kevin Jones's advanced biology class arrived at Las Vegas High School, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on a recent Thursday morning, they discovered that vandals had broken into the school cafeteria the night before. The local police department's crime-scene investigator was already nosing around, trying to make sense of the wreckage. A talented gumshoe, no doubt, but he still needed the students' help to crack this crime.

Solve It With Logic - a crime scene WebQuest
Only you can follow the clues and solve the mystery of the crime scene!

Summer College Forensic Science Program
Syracuse University
Summer College Forensic Science program is intended to provide an introduction to understanding the science behind crime detection. Students will actually be part of a forensic crime scene team that will gather forensic evidence from a simulated crime scene and attempt to solve the mystery!

CART - Forensics Research Learning Lab
CART Web Photo Gallery Analyzing A Crime Scene - slide show

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)
For nearly sixty years, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) has served a distinguished and diverse membership. As a professional society dedicated to the application of science to the law, the AAFS is committed to the promotion of education and the elevation of accuracy, precision, and specificity in the forensic sciences. Its nearly 6,000 members actively practice forensic science and, in many cases, teach and conduct research in the field as well.

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