Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Activities on a Budget: Part I—Forensics

Report No. ARL-TR-8685
Authors: RA Pesce-Rodriguez and A Rodriguez
Date/Pages: April 2019; 34 pages
Abstract: Details on activities and supplies needed for four forensic-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activities are provided. These include analysis of paper, hair, fingerprints, and unknown white powders. The four modules can be run independently or as part of a longer session on forensics. An emphasis is placed on the use of inexpensive, commonly available materials. This technical report was initially prepared for a STEM session for middle school teachers offered at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, but is appropriate for traditional and home-school science programs as well as for scouting and Boy/Girls Club programs. The content is best suited for students in 4th through 8th grades, but could easily be adapted for younger students.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: April 1, 2019