Mystery in the Library: The Case of the Missing LEGOs!
More Activities to try at home
Try testing out mixtures of food coloring or colorful candy-coatings. What colors make up the color you see? Is it a mixture? Just cut a coffee filter like this one and place a dot of color wth a Q-tip or toothpick at one end. Note: for the candy coating, you will have to wet it and can rub it on the paper or get a toothpick to gather the color and dab the paper. Have fun making new discoveries!
Try getting DNA from a fruit in your kitchen. What is it like before it gets processed to become a DNA fingerprint. Take a look at Scientific American's recipe
NOVA has resources with a more detailed look at DNA Fingerprinting in Forensic Science
Try going on a hike or snow shoeing in the winter and look for tracks from animals in your backyard or forest! You can find a guide here from Division of MA Wildlife.
Try estimating heights of your family and friends. Forensic Scientists have discovered that in general a person's foot size is 15% of their height.
Height (inches) = Footlength (inches) divided by 0.15
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