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Ms. Paradise from New York NY is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Forensic Fingerprinting

My students need fingerprinting materials to teach them about the science of criminal investigations and prepare them for future careers.

  • $245 goal

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My Students

My students are as diverse as New York City in race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and ability. Our school demographics are sixty-two percent Hispanic, twenty-eight percent Black, five percent Asian and three percent White, with eighty-five percent of students receiving free or reduced price lunches. My students come to school everyday from all five boroughs with various needs, persevering against all the challenges life has thrown at them.

I have students who come to school with so little and students coming to school without breakfast and without backpacks.

Some cannot live at home with their parents and some do not even have a place to call home. Our students deal with many challenges including mental health issues, gun violence and pregnancies. I want to be able to use my time with my students to provide them all with the education opportunities they deserve.

My Project

As part of a new class about science and society, students get to choose which avenues of science that are not part of the standard science exams they wanted to learn more about. The overwhelming top choice? Forensics.

My students deserve the chance not just to learn about forensics but to practice the actual techniques and procedures themselves!

But in order to accomplish that, we need the tools that would be found in forensic labs. Specifically, we specialized forensics tools, like fingerprint brushes, powders, and tapes that allow for latent fingerprints to be taken, stored and analyzed. With these materials, students can actually take fingerprints from themselves and others and use them as a part of our analysis of fingerprint patterns. These materials will also allow students to compare what happens in real investigations, to what happens in media portrayals, such as CSI and Law and Order. Lastly, this will allow student to try out certain career paths, to see if this is something that interests them, and that they want to pursue after graduation.

Ms. Paradise
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lightning Powder Zephyr Fiberglass Fingerprint Brush • Amazon Business $10.89 5 $54.45
Black Fingerprint Powder, 2 oz • Carolina Biological Supply Company $8.95 5 $44.75
Hinge Fingerprint Lifter, White, 1-1/2 x 2 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $9.26 3 $27.78
Pacon Super Value Poster Board, 22"X28", White, 50 Sheets • Amazon Business $20.24 1 $20.24
Fingerprint Record Cards, Pack of 100 • Carolina Biological Supply Company $19.16 1 $19.16

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