FBI: Inside the Crime Lab

July 25, 2018
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FBI: Inside the Crime Lab offers middle school children a behind-the-scenes look at the greatest crime laboratory in the world—the FBI’s Crime Laboratory. The Learning Adventure explores the methods used by professionals at the lab to solve crimes. It also explores the academic preparation and work experience in STEM that led these professionals to FBI careers, with the intent of encouraging students to focus on STEM in their studies and to seek out STEM careers.

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FBI: Inside The Crime Lab, Part 1

A special report reveals that a gas that makes kids act like boring adults is being released by a mysterious online avatar and the Junior Enigma Team (JET) works to solve the mystery by heading to the FBI crime lab.

FBI: Inside The Crime Lab, Part 2

Dorian visits the crime scene to learn about the evidence left by Anonymous_99 and an FBI Special Agent explains what the Evidence Response Team's process is. Students get a chance to use the evidence to rule out certain suspects.

FBI: Inside The Crime Lab, Part 3

Kerstyn visits the FBI Laboratory in Huntsville, Alabama to evaluate physical evidence for more clues where a Forensic Examiner explains his process. Alex prompts students to use the evidence analysis to find out who the suspect is.

FBI: Inside The Crime Lab, Part 4

Daphne visits a Forensic Chemist at the FBI Crime Lab and learns how testing unidentified chemicals or materials that are collected at crime scenes can help narrow down a list of suspects in a crime.

55 minutes



  • Kathy Heiman

    Education Specialist, Alabama Public Television

  • Madeline Montgomery, B.S., D-ABFT-FT

    Ms. Montgomery is the Chemistry Unit Chief at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, VA. She has been with the FBI Laboratory as a full time employee since 1996. Ms. Montgomery received her BS in Chemistry from the George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC in 1996. She has also taken several graduate courses in forensic chemistry and forensic toxicology at GWU. Ms. Montgomery is an active member of The Society of Forensic Toxicologists, Inc. (SOFT), the International Association of Forensic Toxicologists (TIAFT) and the Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). She is certified as a Diplomate in Forensic Toxicology by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT), and has served as a technical assessor for the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD-LAB).

  • Heather Thew

    Heather Thew is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team Unit. The ERT program supports teams in all 56 FBI field offices. These highly trained and equipped teams operate at an exceptional level of competence to ensure evidence is collected in such a manner that it can be introduced in courts throughout the U.S. and the world. ERTs strive to be the model for crime scene processing from the standpoint of safety, expertise, training, equipment, and capability.

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