The Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Towson University Center for STEM Excellence

Bioscience Education and Outreach Program

SciTech Student Learning Laboratory

Case of the Vanishing Fish Lab
Appropriate for grades 6 through 8

Picture of finger Print partially under a magnifying glassIn this lab, students will help solve a crime that occurred at SciTech! Students will have an opportunity to examine the crime scene, decide on and conduct analyses of the evidence found at the scene, and figure out whodunit! Possible forensic analyses include: blood-like substance analysis (including presumptive test for blood and ABO blood typing), paper chromatography of ink on the note left at the crime scene, questioned document analysis, fingerprint analysis, unknown substance analysis (chemical tests for the four major macromolecules and more!), and shoeprint analysis. The following are available for printing and download:




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