Target Grades: 5-10
Investigate alternate methods for lifting fingerprints while practicing the scientific method. Students gather data using fingerprint evidence as they observe, compare, contrast, and hypothesize their way through four different experimental procedures. They will learn how to make impressions in clay and pour a mold, lift fingerprints from soda cans using super glue fuming, and use both iodine and ninhydrin fuming to lift fingerprints from paper. The activity includes an instructor’s manual, and student data sheets. Note: This lab should be performed in a chemical fume hood. Designed for 24 students working in six groups of four. Meets national standards for grade levels 5-10.
Fingerprint Identification Sheets
EmptyJars w/ Caps
Plaster of Paris