Books of the month- (Unit #6 – Edmond Locard & Forensic Science)

Janitors by: Tyler Whitesides


Michael Vey by: Richard Paul Evans

michael vey

Nate the Great by: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

nate the great

Spy kids by: Elizabeth Lenhard

sky kids by elizabeth lenhard

The 39 clues by: Rick Riordan

the 39 clues

The Egypt Game by: Zilpha Keatley Snyder

the egypt game

The Great Mouse Detective by: Eve Titus

the great mouse detective

Chasing Vermeer by: Brett Helquist

chasing vermeer


Science in the community- (Unit #6 Edmond Locard)

We are learning all about forensic science in our science lab. This would be a great opportunity for your child to visit with a policeman/detective or the police station and find out all they do for our community. They could ask, “how does every contact leave a trace?” which is Edmond Locard’s famous quote.

I “spy” some awesome scientists! (Unit #6 Edmond Locard)

“Every contact leaves a trace.” ~Edmond Locard

In this unit we will be learning all about what forensic science is and how they use it to help solve crimes. We will use infrared technology provided by the SUU stem center and practice finger printing.

Born in 1877, Dr Edmond Locard was a French criminalist renowned for being a pioneer in forensic science and criminology, often informally referred to as the “Sherlock Holmes of France”.


He officially formed the first forensic science laboratory. Locard is also renowned for his contribution to the improvement of dactylography, an area of study which deals with fingerprints. After the laboratory in Lyon was established, he developed the science of poroscopy, the study of fingerprint pores and the impressions produced by these pores. He went on to write that if 12 specific points were identical between two fingerprints, it would be sufficient for positive identification. This work led to the use of fingerprints in identifying criminals

In addition to this, Edmond Locard is perhaps most well-known for his formulation of Locard’s Exchange Principle, a theory relating to the transfer of trace evidence between objects, stating that “every contact leaves a trace.” The theory dictates that when two objects come into contact with one another, each will take something from the other object or leave something behind. ~ The Forensics Library