Cool Intel Straight from the Lab

Forensics Tool Kit

Come and join us in the lab! We look inside a forensics tool kit with Constable J.M.

Bugs in an investigation

Bugs can be used in investigations by Forensic Entomologists to help determine time of death. Try saying Forensic Entomologist 10 times fast 😉

Bones in an investigation

Forensic Anthropologists can read crime related clues in bones to help solve criminal investigations. Test your knowledge on forensic anthropology with Constable J.M.

At-Home Forensic Science and Policing Fun!

Fingerprint Detectives

Learn how to dust for prints in your own home using simple items that you likely already have in the house.

Stories in the Snow

Let’s get outside and investigate the footwear impressions left behind by your family and pets!

Family Witness Challenge

Who has the best observation skills and memory in the family? Put yourselves to the test during this fun (and potentially silly!) challenge.

Printable Experiments and Activities

 

Blood Spatter Experiments

Learn about different types of blood spatter patterns, and how blood spatter is analyzed by police to be used as evidence when solving crimes. Get ready to get a little messy!

You will need:

  • Rubber or latex gloves, and old clothes in case of spilling
  • Red food colouring
  • Corn syrup or corn flour
  • 1 large mixing bowl or bucket.
  • 1 large painting drop sheet, or old bed sheets.
  • Various kitchen items: spatula, rolling pins, rubber mallet, sponges, and
    spoons

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DNA Extraction Activity 

DNA is a molecule found in the cells of every living thing, including our bodies. It acts as an instruction manual by telling the cells in your body how they should grow, what their job is, and how to work! In this activity you will be doing an experiment, and creating a solution that will allow you to extract DNA from a piece of fruit.

You will need:

  • 1 re-sealable plastic bag
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen fruit
  • 2 tsp liquid dish detergent
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 clear cups or bowls
  • 1 fine strainer or 1 coffee filter
  • ½ cup COLD rubbing alcohol (91% or higher)
  • 1 Popsicle stick, toothpick, or coffee stirrer

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Fingerprinting (In-depth experiments) 

In this activity, you will learn about the four different fingerprint patterns a person can have, and why we leave them behind. You will also analyze your own prints to see what patterns
you have.

You will need:

  • White blank paper
  • Clean dry hands
  • A dark-coloured washable marker or ink pad
  • A magnifying glass if you have one- a phone camera will also work!

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Witness Workshop  

In these activities, you will learn about what a witness is, and why they are important to helping police to solve crimes. Develop your skills as a witness with a few fun games!

You will need:

  • A pencil
  • Blank paper
  • Deck of cards (optional)

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