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Hands-on Activity


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In this activity, students will help solve a "crime" by attempting to match fingerprints from their classmates to the scene of a (fictional) crime. They will explore methods for identifying differences in fingerprints.
Topic: Physical properties of body systems and parts
Real World Science Topics:
  • An exploration of fingerprint analysis.
  • An exploration of the physical properties of the skin.
  • An exploration of crime scene analysis and forensics.
Students will gain an understanding of the physical properties of the skin and fingers as well as the basic techniques for fingerprint analysis.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 2 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.



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