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.
- 20 Virtual Labs & Activities for Forensic Science
Has your hands-on gone virtual? No worries! These activities take forensics online.
- Chemistry Forensics Student Lab Manual
Looking for inspiration on weaving forensics into typical chem course topics? Look no further!
- Who Did It?
Uh oh. “Crime” at the school. Collect and analyze evidence to find the culprits.
- The Incredible Cookie Caper
Your co-investigators have gathered the information. Work with them through a video to analyze it on your clue card.
- Ink Investigation
The mysterious message was written in black ink. But which pen could it have come from? Does chromatography have an answer?
- The Forensic Examiner
Cause of death: unknown. Was it from natural causes? Try these tests to find out.
- Tales from the Poisoner's Handbook
You enjoyed Deborah Blum's bestselling book, now bring it into your classroom with this interactive graphic novel.
- Mixed Reception
A mysterious death... Was it murder? Interview suspects, investigate the scene, and analyze evidence in 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.
- Illustrated Guide to Home Forensic Science Experiments
The cover of this over 400-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.
- 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.
- Forensic Chemistry
Put chemistry to the practical test with these downloadable ready-to-use forensics activities.
- Finding Fingerprints
Your fingers may be leaving behind more than you think. Look for hidden evidence with household powders.
- Revealing Latent Fingerprints Using Iodine Fuming
Cheap. Easy. Sensitive. Iodine can be a great first choice for fingerprinting. Try it yourself!
- How Reliable Is Forensic Evidence?
Is the “CSI effect” a good thing?
- Investigate the Career Path of a Forensic Chemist
What road did this chemist take?
- Careers and the Chemical Sciences—Forensic Chemistry
Got what it takes to solve crimes, using chemistry? See what it takes to land you a spot on CSI.
- Guilty or Innocent? Fingerprints Tell the Story
Get the info behind how our fingers can sometimes do the talking for us.
- Illuminating Invisible Bloody Fingerprints
These minuscule amounts of blood can light the way to solving a crime.
- Home Is Where the Corpse Is
A dollhouse becomes a forensic tool rather than a toy.
- 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?
High School Forensic Science Curriculum
These two sites are packed with ideas and resources from two instructors’ forensic chemistry courses.
- How Forensic Lab Techniques Work
It’s information on a smorgasbord of forensic techniques, along with a bit of history.
- Forensics in Crisis
Forensic science has the answers. Can we believe them every time?
- 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.
- New Forensic Method Detects Dangerous Designer Drug
The cause of multiple drug overdoses was a mystery—until chemistry stepped in.
- Tiny Fish Ear Bones Reveal Criminal Activity
Walleye in a lake where they don't belong? Sounds fishy! These scientists become sleuths.
- Evidence Collection: Paper, Plastic, Or... ?
You might hear the question "Paper or plastic?" in the grocery checkout line, but you'll need to consider it at a crime scene too.
- Forensic Science: The Soil Sleuth
Looking for the real dirt on crime and soil analysis? Meet a scientist who dug into an old case.
- Fingerprint Detection
What will it be? Dusting? Fuming? Developing? This infographic lays out your fingerprinting options.
- Luminol, Blood & Horseradish
The crime scene is lighting up! What caused it—an out-of-control sandwich or a crime?
- What Do Bugs Have To Do with Forensic Science?
We might view some insects as mere pests. Some can be partners—in crime solving.
- Identifying Forensic Science’s “First Responder”, the Blowfly
These teeny tiny eggs are a typical tool. Chemists are making gathering the eggs’ info even easier.
- Scraping Bones for Clues
Death doesn’t stop chemistry. What can even bare bones reveal?
- Laser Technique Distinguishes Human and Animal Blood
What new tools are possible to use at crime scenes? This laser can give an on-the-spot ID.
(all sites accessed March 2022)