You Said It! Forensic Science Product Reviews

You Said It! Product Reviews - Educational Innovations NewsletterTeaching forensic science is always fun—especially when you use equipment like fingerprinting pads, blood typing kits, UV flashlights, and of course magnifiers.  (Don’t forget the Crime Scene Tape!)  Many of our customers swear by these materials as a compelling way to “set the stage” for memorable learning.

If you have a favorite Educational Innovations forensic science product, we invite you to send us a comment below.  We’d love to share your review with your fellow teachers and science lovers.

Bi-Chromatic Zephyr Fingerprint SuppliesForensics Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

Great kit for teaching fingerprinting!  I bought this for a fingerprint unit in our forensic science class.  The kit contains everything you need in order to dust and lift prints.  The only drawback is that the powder gets everywhere when dusting.  (Students do not necessarily understand that a little goes a long way!)

     ¨ —Corrinn Bruce of Eugene, OR

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Private Eye LoupesPrivate Eye Loupes - Educational Innovations Blog

Love ‘em!  These loupes are affordable and durable.  Every time I use them, students are amazed by what they see and how easy they can “pirate” around with one.

¨ —Amy of Richmond, New Zealand

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Plastic MagnifierForensics Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

Great quality!  I thought plastic magnifiers would get scratched so quickly that they wouldn’t hold up for more than a couple of uses.  These stand up well and really offer good power of magnification.

¨ —Louise of Atlanta, GA

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Exit:  Escape Room KitsForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

Great fun!  My 16 year-old daughter and I LOVE escape rooms, and when we purchased this product it was with low expectations.  After all, how could they make a game that’s as interesting and exciting as the actual escape room?  Well, guess what…  They did!  Though it took us an hour-and-a-half to solve the puzzles, we had a blast doing so!  I’m not sure who actually designed these games, but they are truly clever people!  We did the Abandoned Cabin, which is supposed to be the easiest of the three, and we are now ordering the Pharaoh’s Tomb.  As soon as The Secret Lab comes in, we’re ordering that one, too!!!  Too bad there are only 5 stars available, because I would give this one a 6!

¨ —Megan of Phoenix, AZ

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Fingerprinting Ink PadsForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

Easy to use, easy to clean, the pad doesn’t dry out, and the ink is easy to wash off.  I used this in my forensic science unit, and students loved it.  This gives very clear fingerprints (unlike a regular ink pad which is much more blurry).

¨ —Dorothy of Berkeley, CA

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Fingerprint CardsForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

Our CSI unit is usually done towards the end of the year and is one of the most anticipated.  Aside from fingerprints, we also do dustings and lip prints.  Watching the students analyze their prints and compare them with their classmates is incredibly rewarding!!

¨ —Lisa Dizengoff of Coconut Creek, FL

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Mini Inspector with Smartphone AttachmentForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

Awesome!  This is the coolest tech toy for your smartphone.  It is simple and lightweight and great for the application for which it was intended.  The magnification for such a small, affordable product really makes it worth it.

¨ —Caleb of Katy, TX

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Case of the Kidnapped Cookies:  A Crime ScenarioForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

Great project!  My class (and after-school science club) LOVED this project!  We were able to connect solving the mystery in every academic area without the kids realizing they were learning!  Great for the end of the year to keep them engaged!

¨ —Lauren of Arlington, TX

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Portable UV LightForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

It’s the perfect size for maneuvering around a lab or for a quick demo.

¨ —Amy Huff of Twining, MI

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Invisible Ink Spy PenUltraviolet UV product reviews

Loved these pens.  They are expensive but work as regular pens, too.  I had kids write a message and use “invisible” ink for one word.  We used them for a whole day of black light fun.

¨ —Summer Science Teacher of Greenville, MI

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Hand-Held MicroscopeForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blog

This little microscope is perfect for my students.  It is easy to use, portable, and comes in little case for storage.

¨ —Shanna Kays of Hobart, OK

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Ultraviolet UV product reviewsLarge Pro UV Flashlight

This works very well.  I use it in my forensic classes any time I need an alternate light source.

¨ —Jim Sheldon of Jamaica, NY

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The Lois McArthur Mystery:  A Murder InvestigationForensics Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

My students particularly enjoyed the blood typing exercise.  We found the hair and fiber analysis to be challenging without using additional lab supplies (more slides, magnifying glasses, tweezers, additional pipettes, microscopes).  This is a great kit for the money, especially if you have the additional lab supplies already.  The use of the Prezi slideshow also helped my students focus.

¨ —Jennifer of Franklin, TN

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Dissolving PaperForensics Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blog

Wow, this paper really pulled the students in…  I should have purchased more!

¨ —Mary Kelly of Dedham, MA

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CForensics Product Reviews - Educational Innovations Blogrime Scene Investigations:  Real Life Science Activities Book

In an effort to give back to our community, my employer, Forensic Technology, Inc., uses its expertise in forensic ballistics to help “at-risk” high school students learn more about how forensic investigators solve crimes and, at the same time, promote the benefits of staying in school.  Educational Innovations’ forensic testing kits, knowledge cards on the topic have been very beneficial in our efforts to reach, and connect with, these students.  We’ll definitely be back!

¨ —Elaine of Largo, FL

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SForensic Science Product Review - Educational Innovations Blogimulated Blood ABO Typing Class Kit

Students are working on vocational skills and this product helps with preparing for the real thing.

¨ —R. of Las Vegas, NV

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Glo Germ

I used Glo Germ to help staff in a lab understand how small quantities of material can cross contaminate other work areas.  Easy to use.  Fun and very revealing!

¨ —Ed of Horsham, PA

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DNA Model Kit

Easy to assemble.  Illustrative and conveys information about the double helix and bases for visual and hands-on learners.

¨ —Stephen Lochiatto of Chelsea, MA

 

 

 

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