Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation

Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case.

Combining hands-on activities with forensic science, kids will have fun learning about the world of forensics, evidence collection, and crime lab analysis. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and bring it to life, reinforcing new vocabulary. Projects include documenting a crime scene, identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter, and extracting DNA. Additional materials include a glossary and a list of current reference works, websites, museums, and science centers.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

GRL X

Subjects

  • Chemistry
  • Engineering & Technology
  • STEM - STEAM

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Forensics: Uncover the Science and Technology of Crime Scene Investigation introduces students to the fascinating world of forensic science and shows them how to find clues, analyze evidence, and crack the case.

Combining hands-on activities with forensic science, kids will have fun learning about the world of forensics, evidence collection, and crime lab analysis. Entertaining illustrations and fascinating sidebars illuminate the topic and bring it to life, reinforcing new vocabulary. Projects include documenting a crime scene, identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter, and extracting DNA. Additional materials include a glossary and a list of current reference works, websites, museums, and science centers.


Archimedes Notebook: hands-on science exploration for children and their parents
“This is a wonderful book, and I can’t believe I let it fall to the bottom of my book review basket. Especially since I enjoy watching Bones and NCIS!”

Children’s Literature Review
“Forensics and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) are a hot topic right now. Television and movies show us the CSI professionals at work. In the last few years, I’ve seen museums with hands on exhibits, as well as schools offering forensic classes in high school, and even middle school. What I hadn’t seen was an age appropriate hands-on science book about forensics. Each chapter discusses a different piece of the forensics puzzle, from taking pictures and lifting fingerprints at the crime science, to lab work, to analysis. Mooney does not shy away from the hard fact that crimes are often grisly affairs. While she does not celebrate the macabre, the experiments include studying blood scatter patterns and estimating time of death. Her cool, no nonsense style will be appreciated by teens interested in this branch of science. The illustrations are in comic-strip format. Some show adults investigating a crime, while others show kids working on an experiment. Again, Carbough didn’t become scream-ish about showing what he was talking about. In one four-panel strip, a dead-body lies on a morgue table as the crime team investigates. However, since it is a pen and ink drawing, instead of a photo, the crime does not feel scary or gross. This book will be enjoyed by many teens that want to explore CSI, and should be available as a resource book for middle school science fairs.”

Booklist
“. . . Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method. . .an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”

Bookloons.com
“. . . this student directed approach to learning looks at the world of forensic science. The reader is shown how to find clues, analyze evidence and thus crack the case just the way real forensics investigators do. Carla Mooney’s approach to this topic is to bring together hands-on investigation with history, science and technology as the young detectives discover how to carefully collect evidence and perform their own crime lab analysis. Designed for middle school students, the projects outlined in this book range from identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter and extracting DNA, to dealing with footprints and tire tracks and finding a forged signature. With entertaining illustrations and informative Forensic Fact sidebars that offer more information about the topic, this book will not only engage the reader but also make the young person want to know more about the subject.”

Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”

Clea Koff, forensic anthropologist and author
Forensics gets at the essence of crime scene investigation. A must-read for any young student interested in how science can help solve crimes.”

Marla Conn, educational consultant
“This title is perfect! Forensics aligns to the Common Core CCR standards for reading informational texts and science/technical subjects.”

James Creecy, DNA Evidence Coordinator, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“Carla Mooney did her homework! I particularly enjoyed the experiments at the end of each chapter. As a forensic scientist, educator, and parent I am happy to recommend this introduction to the fascinating world of forensics.”

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Blood Spatter Patterns

Blood spatter is a collection of blood spots, which may be different sizes and shapes depending on how they were formed. Blood spatter differs depending on the amount of blood, the speed of the drop, the angle at which it hits the ground, and the distance the drop travels.

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More Details

Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
GRL: X
Subjects: Chemistry, Engineering & Technology, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Archimedes Notebook: hands-on science exploration for children and their parents
“This is a wonderful book, and I can’t believe I let it fall to the bottom of my book review basket. Especially since I enjoy watching Bones and NCIS!”

Children’s Literature Review
“Forensics and Crime Scene Investigations (CSI) are a hot topic right now. Television and movies show us the CSI professionals at work. In the last few years, I’ve seen museums with hands on exhibits, as well as schools offering forensic classes in high school, and even middle school. What I hadn’t seen was an age appropriate hands-on science book about forensics. Each chapter discusses a different piece of the forensics puzzle, from taking pictures and lifting fingerprints at the crime science, to lab work, to analysis. Mooney does not shy away from the hard fact that crimes are often grisly affairs. While she does not celebrate the macabre, the experiments include studying blood scatter patterns and estimating time of death. Her cool, no nonsense style will be appreciated by teens interested in this branch of science. The illustrations are in comic-strip format. Some show adults investigating a crime, while others show kids working on an experiment. Again, Carbough didn’t become scream-ish about showing what he was talking about. In one four-panel strip, a dead-body lies on a morgue table as the crime team investigates. However, since it is a pen and ink drawing, instead of a photo, the crime does not feel scary or gross. This book will be enjoyed by many teens that want to explore CSI, and should be available as a resource book for middle school science fairs.”

Booklist
“. . . Like other titles in the Inquire and Investigate series, this book focuses on a high-interest topic in a cutting-edge field to reinforce young people’s understanding of the scientific method. . .an appealing and age-appropriate STEM resource.”

Bookloons.com
“. . . this student directed approach to learning looks at the world of forensic science. The reader is shown how to find clues, analyze evidence and thus crack the case just the way real forensics investigators do. Carla Mooney’s approach to this topic is to bring together hands-on investigation with history, science and technology as the young detectives discover how to carefully collect evidence and perform their own crime lab analysis. Designed for middle school students, the projects outlined in this book range from identifying fingerprints, analyzing blood spatter and extracting DNA, to dealing with footprints and tire tracks and finding a forged signature. With entertaining illustrations and informative Forensic Fact sidebars that offer more information about the topic, this book will not only engage the reader but also make the young person want to know more about the subject.”

Dwight E. Adams, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“This age-appropriate book is an excellent example of both the breadth of forensic science and the amalgamation of science, art, technology, and law. It provides excellent hands-on exercises to reinforce the content.”

Clea Koff, forensic anthropologist and author
Forensics gets at the essence of crime scene investigation. A must-read for any young student interested in how science can help solve crimes.”

Marla Conn, educational consultant
“This title is perfect! Forensics aligns to the Common Core CCR standards for reading informational texts and science/technical subjects.”

James Creecy, DNA Evidence Coordinator, Forensic Science Institute, University of Central Oklahoma
“Carla Mooney did her homework! I particularly enjoyed the experiments at the end of each chapter. As a forensic scientist, educator, and parent I am happy to recommend this introduction to the fascinating world of forensics.”


Projects

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Blood Spatter Patterns

Blood spatter is a collection of blood spots, which may be different sizes and shapes depending on how they were formed. Blood spatter differs depending on the amount of blood, the speed of the drop, the angle at which it hits the ground, and the distance the drop travels.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

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