AboutFBI: Inside the Crime Lab offers middle school children a behind-the-scenes look at the greatest crime laboratory in the world—the FBI’s Crime Laboratory. The Learning Adventure explores the methods used by professionals at the lab to solve crimes. It also explores the academic preparation and work experience in STEM that led these professionals to FBI careers, with the intent of encouraging students to focus on STEM in their studies and to seek out STEM careers.
Download and print this PDF so that students can follow along with the Junior Enigma Team (JET) to solve the mystery of who is "anonymous_99."
After viewing the "Chemistry" clip, discussion these questions.
What are the steps taken when chemists at the FBI receive a bag of evidence?
What is a chemical fingerprint?
After viewing the "Evidence Response Team" clip, discuss these questions.
What does the evidence response team do?
What is forensic evidence?
After viewing the "Trace Evidence" clip, discuss these questions.
What is Locard’s Exchange Principle?
What instruments are using in identifying trace evidence?
For additional educational resources visit these sites:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resources
- FBI Kids
Resources for K-12th grade students including games, tips, stories, and interactives.
- Teen and Kids
- Tools of the Trade
Jobs and equipment in the FBI
- FBI History
- History of FBI Headquarters
- FBI Birmingham History
- Famous Cases & Criminals
- Students and the FBI
- FBI Laboratory Services
- Biometric Analysis
- Forensic Response
- Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center (TEDAC)
- Scientific Analysis
- FBI Laboratory Positions
Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
- Who Did It?
Using forensics to hone Science and Laboratory Skills—a unit for 6th-8th grades
- The Science Spot Forensic Science Lesson Plans
Resources for middle school forensics developed by a teacher
- SFU Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology -- Investigating Forensics
- Teacher’s Guide
- CSI Web Adventures
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Written in Bone Forensic Files of the 17th Century Chesapeake
- Evolution of DNA in Criminology (Infographic)
- Bertino Forensics Teacher Resources
- Forensic Detectives: Who Did It? Lesson
- StemWorks Crime Scene Investigation Activities
- Inside The FBI Crime Laboratory - NatGeo TV
- FBI Forensic Artist Creates Facial Approximations from Skulls
- What Happens Inside The FBI Crime Laboratory | Documentary Channel
- Pinterest - Forensic Science
Forensic Kits for Purchase
FBI: Inside the Crime Lab is made possible through the generous support of:
- American Graduate, a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting