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Fingerprint Forensics

In Forensics 101, discover the patterns found in the fingerprints and guess whose fingerprint is on the glass.

You will need: 

  – clear drinking glass 
  – flour
  – paintbrush 
  – sticky tape
  – gloves (optional) 

Forensics 101:

Leave a fingerprint on a drinking glass. It helps if your fingers are a little greasy, so pizza night is the perfect time to try this out.
Then use flour and a paintbrush to “dust” the glass for prints. You can even try to “lift” the fingerprint with a piece of tape and transfer it to a piece of construction paper. Talk about the common patterns found in fingerprints, and how prints are used by law enforcement.



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