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This program is run through the College of Lake County, Illinois as a continuing education/non-credit program. It is part of the College's Continuing Professional Development course curriculum for teachers offered through their Workforce and Professional Development Institute.

This program is eligible for 48 CPDU’s for teacher re-certification.

Program Description

Forensic-Classroom  is a six-day workshop program for educators who want to use crime scene investigation content material to engage their students in the science curriculum.  This hands-on program will help educators understand the tools, techniques and scientific principles of crime scene investigations.

Forensic-Classroom goes beyond simply providing information about criminal investigations.  The course material is designed to assist teachers in meeting the National Science Education Standards for developing meaningful, high-interest, inquiry based classroom activities involving real-world problem solving.

During the course of this workshop, participants will draw on the practical knowledge and abilities of experienced law enforcement officers in order to become familiar with content area material that will captivate the imagination and interest of their students.  Participants will have the opportunity to work with various “tools of the trade” , be exposed to real-life crime scene examples and will learn practical exercises that they can immediately take back to the classroom.

While developed to assist with programs at the high school level, any teacher using crime scene investigations as a means of educating their students will benefit from this workshop.

Program Outline

Day 1

Introduction to Crime Scene Exam
Role of Physical Evidence in Criminal Investigations
Nature of Physical Evidence
Applying the Scientific Method to Crime Scene Examination
Gathering Information From the Scene

Day 2

Role and Function of the Crime Lab
Objectives Behind Evidence Examination
Class v. Individual Characteristics
Locard’s Theory of Transfer
Impression Evidence – Footwear, Tire Tracks, Bite Marks and Tool Marks

Day 3

Using Light in Evidence Examination – Reflectance, Absorption & Fluorescence
Biological & Trace Evidence – Blood, Hair, Fiber, DNA & Beyond

Day 4

Fingerprints and Other Friction Ridge Detail
Biological Development of Friction Ridge Patterns
Mechanical & Chemical Development Techniques
Understanding Fingerprint Patterns
Basic Comparison Techniques

Day 5

Chemistry at the Crime Scene
Blood Enhancement – Protein Stains & Catalytic Presumptive Tests
Instant Shooter Identification – Gunshot Residue
Introduction to Bloodstain Pattern Examination

Day 6

Bloodstain Pattern Examination (con’t)
Reconstructing the Formation of Blood Spatter Patterns
Sample Applications of Techniques to Investigations

Required Materials

Our program is designed to give educators the hands-on foundation necessary to present this curriculum. We have adopted the Kendall-Hunt Forensic Science program as a model for educators. View the Kendall-Hunt Forensic Science FAQ.

Participants will need to obtain a copy of the text being used for this program Forensic Science for High School – Teacher Edition: Kendall /Hunt Publishing. This text can be ordered from the publisher's web site at

The Kendall-Hunt curriculum is available in printed text or eBook platform.

Kendall Hunt Forensic Science

While not mandatory, participants should consider bringing a camera. Past attendees have found it helpful to take photos of the equipment and exercise set-ups as a reference to take back to the classroom.

Program Schedule & Registration

This program is run during the summer months, usually scheduled for late July - early August. For exact dates, please open our registration form.

Student Materials Examples

Click Here for a Sample PowerPoint

Click Here for a Sample of the Supplemental Text