With more than 10,000 kits sold, the Mystery of Lyle and Louise is a premier curriculum for forensic science designed for high school and introductory undergraduate education. Comprised of independent hands-on laboratory kits, Lyle and Louise introduces your students to a broad range of techniques in forensic analysis, including DNA Typing, Questioned Document Examination, Forensic Entomology, Bite Mark Analysis, Blood Spatter Analysis, Hair and Fiber Analysis, and more. More than 500 schools used the Mystery of Lyle & Louise in their curriculum during the 2012-13 school year.
Each module allows students to process different evidence from multiple crime scenes in a complex murder mystery scenario set in a rural Appalachian town. You, as the instructor, pick which of the independent modules you want to use in your class. For a suggesting teaching timeline and ordering, click here.
A tragic car accident.
A horrific double homicide.
Business schemes and drug rings.
Can you and your students solve
The Mystery of Lyle and Louise?
The Mystery of Lyle & Louise sets clear goals and expectations for students, and links them to the National Science Education Standards. Teaching aids are aligned with the learning goals and expectations from students. This suite, an integration of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and criminal justice within one product, fulfills an educational need for interdisciplinary activities and media.
According to the National Science Education Standards, students must actively participate in scientific investigations to develop the skills that characterize science as inquiry. However, a significant challenge to science teachers and curriculum developers is making science investigations meaningful to students. Crosscutting Concepts has developed a proven solution to engage students in science through forensic investigation.
Forensic science continues to become more complex and valuable in the application of criminal justice. Each year forensic scientists continue to further scientific advancements, and education within these new forensic fields has grown in both demand and funding. The National Science Teachers Association and The American Academy of Forensic Sciences have reported "a surge in interest among students," and that "many schools now include some aspects of forensics in science curriculums." Presently, more than 100 colleges across the nation offer forensic science programs. Students gravitate towards these programs because they integrate hands-on science with social issues. This increase in demand and federal funds has resulted in many universities adding or expanding forensic science programs.
Forensic science requires skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and criminal justice. It introduces law enforcement topics such as criminal investigations, fingerprint development, firearms identification, and questioned document examination. Therefore, forensic science is relevant to a wide range of students and career aspirations.