Hands-On! Forensics Tire Impression Activity

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Science of Curiosity
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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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This was a great lab to use in my forensics class for my students to understand tire impressions. They really enjoyed this lab- thank you for the resource!!
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These tire track evidence activities give students a chance to get hands-on experience with this fun forensic evidence. Tire Track evidence is sometimes hard to produce for a classroom setting - cars are big, mud is muddy, rain washes tread patterns away. These two activities bring tracks and tread patterns to your forensics classroom in an easy - low mess way!

Activity 1: Students use toy cars to paint tire tracks on paper. They practice finding and measuring wheel base, track width, and turning diameter with the tracks. 

Materials needed:

  • Three colors of paint 
  • Some way to dispense the paint to student pairs (a dab of each color on a paper plate works!)
  • At least one paint brush per pair
  • Scrap paper (at least four sheets per student pair)
  • One small toy car per pair
  • Paper towels or wipes
  • rulers

Resource includes:

  • Step by step student instructions for how to do the activity
  • Google Slide set with examples to show students
  • Question sheet
  • Key
  • Teaching Guide

Activity 2: Instructions show you how to set up ‘unknown’ tire tread rubbings that students match to real tires in the school parking lot.

Materials needed:

  • scrap paper
  • dark colored crayon

Resource includes:

  • Student sheet to record answers
  • Teaching Guide

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