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Of Maggots and Murder—Forensic Entomology Laboratory Kit

By: Lisa Carloye, Washington State University, Pullman WA

Item #: AP7028 

Price: $79.79

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With the Of Maggots and Murder Forensics Entomology Laboratory Kit, investigate a possible homicide using maggots as clues. Learn how to collect evidence and relevant data and use the information to solve the case.

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Delve deeper into the world of forensic science with this student-captivating activity. Students will investigate a possible homicide using unusual clues that may break the case—maggots! Determining the living conditions and growth habitats of maggots helps forensic scientists calculate an approximate time of death. Was it murder? Students learn how to collect evidence and relevant data and use the information to solve the case. Simulated maggots will be used to determine the time and cause of death for four different simulated crime scenes. Materials may be saved and reused for future use. A must have forensic science activity! Complete for 30 students working pairs.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Bags, box of 100
Chenille wires, black, 12", 20
Chenille wires, blue, 12", 30
Chenille wires, green, 12", 30
Chenille wires, red, 12", 5
Chenille wires, white, 12", 30
Maggot life history sheet
Murder investigation sheets, #1–4
Ruler, metric, 15 cm, white, 15

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms
HS-LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS1-1: Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.
MS-PS2-5: Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
MS-PS2-3: Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
HS-PS3-5: Develop and use a model of two objects interacting through electric or magnetic fields to illustrate the forces between objects and the changes in energy of the objects due to the interaction.