Forensic Science

This 32 week 1 1/2-hour class is designed to give students experience with investigation, hands on lab activities, not to mention learning about the fascinating subject of Forensic Science. The curriculum “The Mystery of Lyle and Louise” is used. This 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 Questioned Document Examination, Forensic Entomology, Bite Mark Analysis, Blood Spatter Analysis, Footprints, Fingerprints, Blood  and Drug Detection.

Blood Detection Lab

Students will explore the history of Forensics and study crime scene mapping as well as have the opportunity to map our own crime scene in class (don’t worry, a big bird stuffie is usually the victim).

The Mystery of Lyle and Louise

Hands-on Science and Social Justice

The National Science Education Standards would like to see students actively participating in scientific investigations. The Mystery of Lyle and Louise is a proven solution for engaging teens in science through forensic investigation. Students are drawn towards forensic science not only because it is hands-on science but also because of the desire to see justice prevailing. The Mystery of Lyle and Louise introduces skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, criminal justice, and more, so it is relevant to a wide range of career aspirations.

Complete Curriculum with Analytical Techniques – Until now, the lack of background knowledge and/or highly technical equipment has prevented the introduction of forensic science as a homeschool option, but The Mystery of Lyle and Louise is a comprehensive kit, designed as a complete curriculum for homeschooled students. In it, your teens will learn how forensic scientists perform the following analytical techniques: Blood Spatter Analysis, Forensic Entomology, Foot-print Analysis, Blood Detection and Evidence Processing, Document Analysis, Fingerprint Analysis, Bite Marks Analysis, and Drug Testing and Analysis. After practicing these techniques, the students will analyze evidence in The Mystery of Lyle and Louise kit to examine the crime.

This is a case-based curriculum with 2-3 labs per unit. We are solving the fictitious murder of Lyle and Louise. There are 8 units and each unit includes 2-3 labs.


You will need to purchase: 3 ring binder (at least 2 inches), enough tabs for 10 sections and safety goggles. Curriculum is provided.

Class Homework requirements: weekly homework including lab reports, assignments, quizzes, PowerPoints and 4 projects for the year.  This classes uses Schoology to submit homework and students need access to this website at home

Please Note: This is a 32 week class

Time:  12:55 – 2:25
Grades: 10-12
Class fee: $425
Lab & Supply fee: $85 (All curriculum and study materials will be provided)
Tutor: Andrea Reese

COVID-19 Contingency Plan:

In the event that the COVID-19 pandemic affects our ability to meet in person in a classroom for the 2021-22 school year, I will make the following adjustments to this class. Tutor and students will meet at the scheduled class time via a video chat service. Assignments can be submitted electronically, and feedback will be provided electronically. 

Our goal is to meet in person as soon as it is feasible. We may begin OR cancel CLASSROOM meetings at any point during the school year as the COVID-19 situation changes.  Our goal is to keep your family safe and engaged during this unprecedented time.