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Old 01-09-2006, 01:58 PM
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My son is a third grader, and wants to do a science fair project on fingerprints. Do you think this is a good topic?? I have not been able to find a lotof info on the topic. Wondering if you could give me some ideas..
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Fingerprints fall under the catagory of forensics, which might be alittle advanced for third grade, but is an extremely fun topic so I would say yes, that your son should try it.
There are three basic patterns when it comes to fingerprints. They are loops, circles, and whrols(sorry about the spelling.) By comparing the prints that are found at or near the crime seen, the FBI can match them up with whoevers that they were.
Another interecting topic is how the FBI can match clothing fibers to suspects, in my opinion that can not be trusted, but it is still and interesting topic.
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First of all, it is spelled whirls. Secondly, this is an excellent project for a third grader. I myself did a project on finger prints in third grade. It was part of our curriculem. Have your son learn about the three types of fingerprints and study drawn samples. Then, have him take finger prints of friends and family, by having each person dip their fingers in pencil, and the push their fingers into the sticky side of scotch tape. Have him then create a table classifying all the prints. He can even put the tape directly on the paper. If you want something even more difficult, he could use the same method to find if fingerprint types are passed down, generation to generation. I applaud both of you for picking an outstanding topic!!!!!

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I did it in the fourth grade and I found out that most of our finger prints are past down. We have loops on my moms side and whirls on my dads side. I got the loops instead. It was fun finding out about the different types of prints and herrity (spelling problems, sorry). Good project!!!
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