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.
- "Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry"—Resources for National Chemistry Week, the Classroom, and Beyond
This archived webinar shares ready-to-use resources to turn your students into crime solvers, through the power of chemistry.
- Tales from the Poisoner's Handbook
You enjoyed Deborah Blum's bestselling book, now bring it into your classroom with this interactive experience.
- 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 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.
- 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!
- 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 sites are packed with ideas and resources. Check out these instructors' forensic chemistry courses.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Properly Packaging Evidence
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?
(all sites accessed September 2019)