The curriculum of a program in Information technology must be current and competitive to remain relevant and valuable. The authors of this paper explored the research related to the rationale to supplement higher education theoretical knowledge of digital forensics with opportunities for students in technology related programs to gains some hands-on experience. The paper also used the widely accepted learning theories of active learning and constructivism to assist in the decision to build a hands-on digital forensics lab environment. An explanation of the processes, opportunities, challenges, and outcomes are available in the Lab design section. Finally the paper concludes with implications for students and recommendations for other higher education institutions that are considering enhancing theory with practical hands-on learning opportunities.