Students will be introduced to the world of forensic science and will take a behind-the-scenes look at criminal investigations and uncover a series of "who done it" combining chemistry and biological current forensic techniques. Using molecular biology, campers will examine DNA left behind at the crime scene to ID the culprit. Participants will have the chance to interact with scientists and investigators as they learn and perform experiments to help solve crimes.
Campers will learn the importance of collecting bits of evidence that will help prove one or more persons guilt or innocence. Using scientific principals and hands-on techniques, campers will conduct experiments dealing with DNA, hair analysis, fingerprinting, impressions, casting, drugs and fluid splatter. Campers will learn the correct way to handle, use and store laboratory and testing equipment and specimen samples.
Campers will have the opportunity to meet and learn from seasoned professionals that make up a forensic team—police officers, detectives, coroner, search and rescue teams and their animals.
Campers will have the option to participate in a facility tour of the Penn State Berks human cadaver lab.
The week’s activities round out with a crime solving game.
Activities described are general topics and are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.