IS1507 Distance Learning: Forensic Chemistry of Unknown Substances

When collecting evidence at a crime scene, investigators may encounter substances that they are not able to identify in the field. These substances will be sent to a crime lab, where a forensic scientist will work to analyze and identify them. In this experiment, students will take on the role of a forensic scientist and use their observation skills, senses, and a series of chemical tests to determine the identity of two mystery substances. Kit contains an Instruction Manual and enough materials for 2 groups of students.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B
Performance Expectations: MS-PS1-2
Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns
Engineering Practices: Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Kit Includes:
4g Baking Powder
4g Baking Soda
4g Corn Starch
4g Talcum Powder
4g Salt
4g Gelatin
4g Mystery Substance #1
4g Mystery Substance #2
4mL Biuret Reagent
4mL Dilute Lugol’s Iodine
4mL Acetic Acid
4 Reaction Plates
8 Scoops

DOT Info:
Small quantity exemption 173.4
This package conforms 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 Respirable crystalline silica, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to

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