Innovating Science® - Forensics of Soil and Mineral Analysis

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Manufacturer ID - IS9015

Students will learn about acids and bases through a class discussion and then test a dilute acid and dilute base with neutral litmus paper to learn how the paper indicates something is acidic or basic. Once that skill is learned they can move on to test some common items that would be found around their house to determine if they are acids or bases. Optional: Extra litmus paper is included to test more items either from home or around the school building for a greater understanding of acids and bases. The activity contains enough materials for 6 groups of students.

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A crime has been committed and it's up to you to help prove who did it. This kit has been designed to introduce students to the field of forensic soil analysis by providing them with a set of soil and glass samples that have been recovered from a crime scene to compare with a set of samples taken from various suspects. Students will compare samples based on physical observations using polarized, UV and standard light both under ambient conditions and after heating the samples. The properties of the samples will be tested by measuring particle size distributions, material acidity, particle density gradient and mineral composition. This kit contains 10 unique sets of materials that will accommodate up to 30 students when working in groups of 3. Teacher's Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: ESS2.A; PS1.A; PS1.B
Performance Expectations: MS-ESS2-1; MS-PS1-2
Cross Cutting Concepts: Stability and Change; Patterns
Engineering Practices: Developing and Using Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Kit Includes:
10 x 1.5mL Universal Indicator
28mL Bromoform
28mL Bromobenzene
10 x 6mL Lead Test Reagent
10 x 6mL Hydrochloric Acid, 0.5M
10 x 12g Soil Sample A
10 x 12g Soil Sample B
10 x 12g Soil Sample C
10 x 12g Soil Sample D
10 x 12g Crime Scene Soil Sample
10 Magnifying Glass
10 Forceps
5 Capped Test Tubes
20 Polarizing Filters
2 x 10g Glass Sample A
2 x 10g Glass Sample B
2 x 10g Crime Scene Glass Sample
50 Drying Dishes
10 Sieve Screen, Small
10 Sieve Screen, Large
10 Plastic Scoops
72 Glass Slides
10 Universal Indicator color charts

DOT Info:
Small quantity exemption 173.4
THIS PACKAGE CONFROMS TO 49 CFR 173.4 for domestic highway or rail transport only

*"Next Generation Science Standards" is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Phenolphthalein/Methanol/Methyl isobutyl ketone, Bromoform, and Respirable crystalline silica, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm. For more information go to
Brand Name
Innovating Science®
Performance Expectations 5-PS1-3
Cross Cutting Concepts Cause and Effect
Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Engineering Practices Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Box Used 12663SBOX
Width (in) 6.25
Height (in) 4
Weight (oz) 19.9
Weight (lb) 1.24
Country of Origin US
Harmonization Code 9023.00.0000
DOT Description Non regulated

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