Heading into a forensics lab opens up a world of chemistry. Learn about the science behind crime investigations and try some of the techniques for yourself with these links.
- Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments
The cover of this 450-page book says it all—All Lab, No Lecture. Get ready for labs on soil, hair, fingerprinting, and more.
- Forensic Science Lesson List
Head into the lab and start investigating the evidence. Can you solve a crime like “The Great Cafeteria Caper”?
- The Truth Meter
Telling the truth? Then don’t sweat it! Especially if you’re answering questions while hooked up to this make-your-own “truth meter.”
- The Forensic Teacher Magazine
Teach forensic science? There’s a magazine for that! This free issue is a forensic “labapolooza” to teach about bones, autopsies, blood, and more.
- Forensic Science in High School Chemistry
Put your observation skills to the test by using this forensic science unit to examine evidence. Which suspect do you think committed the crime?
- At Your Fingertips
Are you mainly a loop, whorl, or an arch? What about your classmates? Learn about the information found in fingerprint patterns.
- Food Dye Forensics Experiment
Help! Someone’s poisoned one of the sports drinks! Sounds like it’s time to get out the spectrophotometer.
- Forensics Illustrated—Step Under the Tape
Resources galore! It’s a complete curriculum for high school forensic science.
- Forensics in the Classroom
Six mysteries are waiting. Jump into the scientific testing that will help you determine “whodunit.”
- Eye Wonder: Powder Lab
Who stole the cake? Follow the trail of the white powders to find out.
- The Forensics of Blood
Learn how bloodstains at a crime scene can tell investigators a story, although sometimes a gruesome one.
- Forensic Science and the Innocence Project
Science plays a role in freeing those who have been wrongfully imprisoned. Find out how.
- College to Career—Forensic Chemistry
Got what it takes to solve crimes, using chemistry? See what it takes to land you a spot on CSI.
- The Chemistry of Forensics
So what do forensic chemists actually do? Take a peek into their workday.
- New Forensic Method Detects Dangerous Designer Drug
The cause of multiple drug overdoses was a mystery—until chemistry stepped in.
- Forensic Lab
Go on a virtual tour of a forensics lab to get a sneak peek at different forensic techniques.
- The Chemicals of Life and Rigor Mortis
What causes this stiffness in a dead body and what can it tell us at a crime scene?
It’s a one-stop info extravaganza—an entire community college forensic chemistry course, linked into a single page.
- How Forensic Lab Techniques Work
It’s information on a smorgasbord of forensic techniques, along with a bit of history.
- Forensic Students Are Getting Their Hands Dirty
Hands-on mini research projects are the name of the game for these university students. Hear about what they did.
- Mixed Reception
A mysterious death… Was it murder? Interview suspects, investigate the crime scene, and analyze evidence using this video-based activity.
- Use Super Glue To Reveal Latent Fingerprints
Dig out your tube of Super Glue from the back of the cupboard and try this popular method of visualizing fingerprints.
Go behind the scenes of real-life crimes and learn about how chemistry was used to investigate these cases.