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Inside the Crime Lab

Original Webcast Date:

October 26, 2017, 11 AM & 1 PM ET / 10 AM & 12 Noon CT

Early Elementary | Upper Elementary

Engineering & Technology | Science


FBI: 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."

Download / Print the Suspect Activity

Discussion Questions 

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:

FBI Kids’ Page for Grades K-5th and Middle School through High School

FBI Safe Online Surfing Internet Challenge




Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) resources

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences

PBS Resources

Additional Resources


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

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