Carolina® Chemical Development of Latent Prints Kit


Develop excitement during your next forensics lesson!

Grade 9–College. Give your students the opportunity to become crime scene technicians as they discover the science of latent fingerprint development. Kit is fully correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) and includes free 1-year access to a digital teacher’s manual and student guide download. Activity is designed for a class of 32 students working in 8 groups of 4.

Students will:

  • Develop fingerprints using ninhydrin and DFO
  • Observe fingerprints developed by DFO with an alternative light source
  • Compare running and non-running solvents for development of prints on a document
  • Document the evidence collection process

*Next Generation Science Standards® is a registered trademark of WestEd. Neither WestEd nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of this product, and do not endorse it.


Components Qty Included?
Ninhydrin, 0.125 g 1 Included
DFO Solution Kit, 100 mL 1 Included
Latent Print Standards Pad 1 Included
Digital Teacher’s Manual and Student Guide (downloaded from Internet) 1 Needed, Not Included
Document Camera or Overhead Projector Needed, Not Included
Internet Connection 1 Needed, Not Included
Computer, Laptop, or Tablet 1 Needed, Not Included
Acetone, 250 mL 1 Needed, Not Included
Blue/Orange Light Source (item #212139) 1 Needed, Not Included
Steam Iron 1 Needed, Not Included
Goggles Needed, Not Included

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