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Developed in partnership with the forensics professionals at Sirchie®, this activity offers your students the opportunity to become true crime scene investigators. Students take inkless footprints, which eliminate the risk for mess, while you demonstrate how to create a footwear cast like a forensics expert. Designed for 32 students and typically taking 2 class periods, this activity will surely leave an impression.
Make an impression during your next forensics lesson!
Give your students the opportunity to become crime scene technicians as they discover the science of footwear identification and casting. Students will:
Utilizing the same materials and tools as crime scene technicians worldwide, your students get an authentic first-hand experience with this activity. First, students make prints of their own shoes, using a special no-mess inkless shoe-print technology, to learn about pattern recognition. You then demonstrate the process of creating, cleaning, and handling a footwear cast using a no-mess, self-contained casting product designed specifically for crime scene field technicians. The activity requires about 65 min of class time on the first day, plus another 30 min of class time at least 24 hr later.
This activity is fully correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards® (NGSS). Kit equips a class of 32 students working in 8 groups of 4 and includes a digital teacher’s manual and student guide for your convenience.
The Footwear Identification and Casting Kit and its materials were developed in partnership with the forensics experts at Sirchie®, giving you a real-life forensics experience. Since 1927, Sirchie® has been a global leader in criminal investigation solutions. Sirchie® products are used on a daily basis by law enforcement around the world to help them investigate and solve crimes. Sirchie® also conducts hands-on training classes, teaching the techniques and processes in this kit to law enforcement personnel, who then use what they have learned in their investigative work.
|Inkless Footwear Staining Tray with Pad||1||Included|
|Shoe Impression Rejuvenator Ink, 0.5 oz||2||Included|
|Inkless Shoe Impression Cards||36||Included|
|Disposable Casting Frame||1||Included|
|L Reference Scale||1||Included|
|Digital Resource Instruction Card||1||Included|
|Teacher’s Manual with Reproducible Student Guide||1||Included|
|Rulers or Meter Sticks||4||Needed, Not Included|
|Play Sand, 10 lb||Needed, Not Included|
|Students’ Shoes for Impression||Needed, Not Included|
|Students’ “Suspect Shoes”||Needed, Not Included|
|Plastic Tub, Large (9 x 18” or larger)||Needed, Not Included|
|Navigational Compass||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper Towels||Needed, Not Included|
|Scissors||Needed, Not Included|
|Tap Water||Needed, Not Included|
|Soft-Bristled Brush||Needed, Not Included|
|Aerosol Hairspray||Needed, Not Included|
|Plastic Card or Index Card||Needed, Not Included|
|Flashlight with Batteries||Needed, Not Included|
|Digital Camera(s)||Needed, Not Included|
|Camera Tripod (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
|Document Camera (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
|Large Spoon (optional)||Needed, Not Included|
|Paper, 8-1/2 x 14” (optional)||Needed, Not Included|