The Hair Analysis Lab provides students with an opportunity to learn important laboratory skills while studying the morphology of hair samples from various species.
Written materials include a discussion of hair as a tool of forensic science and illustrated descriptions on the structure of hair. A slide set provides additional instructions on characteristics of hair from various species.
After the written and visual materials are discussed in class or studied independently, students conduct two forensic examinations of hair samples by preparing whole hair mounts and scale casts, standard procedures used by forensic examiners in crime laboratories.
This kit is ideal for students in grades 7-11.
The materials in this kit are sufficient for 24 students working in groups of 6.
Student diagram charts
Examination #1 Worksheets
Examination #2 worksheets
Hair Samples A, B, and C
Materials needed but not included:
Microscopes for each group
Plastic sandwich bags