Forensic Science Discussion Starters


Discussion Starters - Educational Innovations Newsletter

Introducing your students to forensic science is as easy as C-S-I!

We’ve discovered dozens of excellent resources online for topics related to many forensic careers.  Take a look at some of our favorite websites.  These ideas will get your students revved up and ready to put on their lab coats (or Sherlock Holmes hats) and start investigating the world of forensic science.

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Forensic Science Lesson


Lesson - Educational Innovations BlogWe love teaching forensic science.  It’s just plain fun!  Turn your classroom into a crime scene,  encourage your students to play detective, gather evidence, figure out whodunits… They’ll have a great time AND learn valuable science and reasoning skills at the same time.

We found many awesome free forensic science ideas on the web.  It’s impossible to list them all, but Cyberbee’s The Case of the Barefoot Burglar was one of our favorites.  Rice University’s CSI Web Adventures website is full of excellent interactive activities as well.  Check them out!

The eight-page lesson below, from DiscoveryEducation.com, is a well-crafted middle school class activity with optional extensions.  We think your students will enjoy it.

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Forensic Science in the News


Forensic science makes the news on a nearly daily basis, whether it’s a gruesome murder trial, a paternity dispute, or a paleontologist working on a newly-discovered fossil.  The fact is that the world is fascinated by all things forensic… and new techniques are being invented all the time.

We’ve compiled a sampling of interesting articles below on the topic of forensic science.  If you read something in the news that strikes your forensic fancy, share it with us in the “Comments” section below.  Happy reading!

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Forensic Science TV


Forensic Science Videos - Educational Innovations BlogMany TV shows, movies and podcasts highlight forensic science.  However, not all shows depict this fascinating field accurately.  Watching the videos here, your students will learn about the history of DNA testing… CSI career choices… and more.  Get a “clue” about how toxicology and chemistry have changed this field.  Among other things, these videos will probably give you something to consider the next time you’re watching television.

If you find a video clip on this topic, please share with us in the comments section below.

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CSI on a Shoestring


Michelle Bertkeby:  Michelle Bertke

Would you love to teach forensics and crime scene investigation but cannot afford the kits offered?  Don’t worry!  Many products at Educational Innovations can be used together to make your own CSI kit and crime scene examination at an affordable price.

CSI FingerprintsCSI Fingerprints

One of the most common tasks of a crime scene investigator is to check the scene for fingerprints.  Analyzing a student’s fingerprints can be as simple as one, two, three!

One, collect an ink pad, a balloon, and a willing student.

Two, have the student firmly press one finger to the ink pad and then firmly press that finger onto a deflated balloon (down and up, don’t smear).

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