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Think Like a CSI


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Full course description

Course Date:



4 weeks


7+ hours


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Course Type:



Certificate (free)


Crime Scene. Police Line Do Not Cross. Future CSI agents will use the same tools and techniques real crime scene investigators use when trying to solve a case: fingerprinting analyses, impression evidence, and more. This Real Science Labs four-week online course allows students to fully explore the mysterious world of forensic science. The optional three-lab kit is specially priced and created for this course experience.

Lab kits can be purchased from Real Science Labs for $25. Visit for more information.


In this course, students will learn how to:

  • Collect and process evidence by utilizing a chain of custody form and collection methods that prevent contamination.
  • Document a crime scene using sketches, diagrams, and photomacrographic scales.
  • Perform a fingerprint rolling technique and analyze minutiae.
  • Collect a fingerprint sample using a dusting technique.
  • Explain the role of shoe, tire, and tool mark analysis in forensics.
  • Perform a tire track analysis.

Target Audience: Middle/High School STEM students.

Course is offered by Real Science Labs.

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Course Instructors

Caitlin Runne-Janczy

Caitlin Runne-Janczy Ph.D.


Caitlin Runne-Janczy earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa in 2013 and her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.