Penn State Berks needs your to help solve some high profile criminal cases! Do you have what it takes to become a Junior Nittany crime solver? Campers will combine their sleuth skills with physical and chemical forensic science techniques to unravel the most mystifying cases.
Teamwork will be encouraged as crime solvers use science to unravel the mystery behind…
Who most likely committed the Hot Tub murder? Students will learn to graph data and develop a correlation between variables.
Who poisoned Sponge Bob? Help narrow down the suspects by determining the precise amount of poison that was in a vial discovered in a trash can at the crime scene.
Could there be an Arsonist at Hogwarts? Learn how molecular forces play a role in evaporation rates and compare cooling curves of various accelerants.
Was William Nye illegally hunting on Penn State property? Collect and conduct a soil analysis that includes conductivity and a flame test to verify if salt was in the location of the crime scene
It has been said that over half of all data involves a location...so along with solving crimes, students will also use GPS units to find hidden geocaches throughout campus. Bring your sneakers!
Activities described are general topics and are subject to change at the instructor’s discretion.