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    Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)
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    Learners use scientific processes to solve a crime. As they get clues, learners must create a hypothesis then adjust that hypothesis as more information is revealed. This activity uses crime...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 11 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this physical sciences activity, learners explore how forensic investigators collect prints from a crime scene. Learners make hand impressions in damp sand and analyze the patterns they observe....

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this physical sciences activity, learners use science to solve a "crime." Learners collect trace evidence (glitter) and explore its characteristics, such as color, size, shape, and...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Lawrence Hall of Science
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    In this outdoor, mystery-solving activity, learners work like detectives, gathering evidence to identify the culprits that are attacking plants. Learners come to understand the impact of insect...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    My Science Box
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    In this forensics activity, learners solve a mystery using “DNA” taken from the scene of the crime. This activity describes how to collect a “DNA sample” (learner-invented DNA sequence on a roll of...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 11 - 18 1 to 7 days
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    In this experiment, learners will conduct chemical and physical tests to identify mystery substances. This experiment is very flexible, allowing educators to determine the number of unknowns to...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    APSnet
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    This exercise can be used to stimulate the investigative nature of learners as they use forensic plant pathology techniques to prove the learners' innocence in a mock murder investigation....

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Mount Holyoke College
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    In this chemistry activity, learners use thin layer chromatography to determine the molecular composition of different markers. First, they use pure rubbing alcohol as the liquid phase, then...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity, learners simulate the process of DNA fingerprinting by using electricity to separate colored dyes. Learners use simple materials to assemble a comb (electrophoresis chamber) to...

    Over $20 per group Ages 11 - 18 1 to 2 hours