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 BlogThere are so many television shows dedicated to forensic science.  Some are pure Hollywood, while others offer a more accurate exploration of how forensic pathologists and toxicologists spend their days.  Here you’ll find a selection of clips we think your students will enjoy—brief samplings related to the history of DNA testing, CSI career choices, how toxicology changed the landscape of criminal investigations, and more.

If you have a video clip on forensic science, please share with us in the comments section below.

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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.

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Fidget Spinners, Physics, and Sir Isaac Newton


by Ted BeyerTed Beyer, Educational Innovations, Inc.

Fidget spinners are the latest fad to sweep, seemingly, the world. Love them or hate them, they are everywhere—on playgrounds, in backyards, living rooms, and even schools, although many schools have banned them as being distractions.  But wait just a minute here!  For once, let’s see if we can’t use a fad to teach something.  You see, there is actually a fair bit of science lurking in those spinney things.

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Join Our Elementary Science Club Today!


Tami O'Connorby Tami G. O’Connor

As elementary school teachers, we are expected to help our students become scientifically literate (among many other things), but let’s face it:  too often we have limited time for science instruction during the school day.  Still, we know that kids just love science!  They’re always eager to learn more about the world around them, especially when the material is taught in fun and creative ways.

But what can we do when our science teaching time is so limited in school?  How do you get students involved in scientific discovery outside the classroom?  Sure, you can give them homework, but many kids find simply reading about science unappealing.  You want your students to LOVE learning more about science… not dread it.

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