- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Day, Residential
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: One Week
- Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, PG, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: Forensic Science, Biology, Career Exploration
- Selective: No
- Ages: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
- Call: (781) 431-2514
With TV shows like CSI and Bones being so popular, Forensics has become an important and exciting discipline in science. This is a chance for students to delve into a subject they don’t see in school! Perfect for those who are interested in Anatomy and Biology or crime, no other course combines these topics as well as Forensics.
This program is designed for teens interested in an investigative or pre-law / legal career.
Students will receive forensics packages and be instructed on how to perform both hands-on and virtual activities with the given supplies. Students will have the opportunity to do the following activities:
Learn various fingerprinting techniques:
- Students will use magnetic fingerprint powder and a magnetic fingerprint wand to find and analyze fingerprints used to solve crimes
- Students will learn a more traditional fingerprinting technique using a fingerprint feather duster to physically brush fingerprints and analyze them
- Students will use fluorescent fingerprint powder and a black light source to analyze fingerprints
- Students will use an investigative material known as hinge lifters, or single-sided tape, to lift fingerprints off of smooth surface evidence. Students will also use the following materials to gain further insight into fingerprinting: 10 FBI print fingerprint cards and Inkless ink pads
Use Blood Typing to Analyze a Crime Scene:
- Students will use simulated blood and anti- serum to blood type the blood at a fictional crime scene. Students will analyze the various blood types in order to discover which suspect’s blood matches with that found at the crime scene in order to solve the case.
Make Footprint Impressions:
- Students will be given the necessary materials in order to make a personal footwear cast and learn the skills required to identify footprints at a crime scene.
Simulated Drug Testing
- This lab activity uses chemistry techniques to simulate spot testing for illicit drugs. Students will use a simulated drug testing kit, combined with the black light source to learn actual forensic drug testing techniques.
Other Various Crime Scene Hands-on Activities:
- Students will be given other various pieces of evidence commonly found at crime scenes and will have to use the provided evidence bags and combination magnifying glass and tweezers to process and analyze them.
Interactive Virtual Crime Scene Murder Case:
- Additionally, students will also have the opportunity to access an interactive virtual crime scene murder of an actual 19th century murder case. Other lab activities include analyzing evidence, recording data and utilizing a combination of scientific approaches and the most advanced online tools available to investigate.
Analyze Simulated Poisons
- Students will access a graphic novel from Deborah Blume’s best selling novel, The Poisoners Hand Book and complete both virtual and hands on activities that involve analyzing simulated poisons.
Cost and Session Information
Session 1 – June 14-18, 2021: Dana Hall, Wellesley, MA (No residential option)
Session 2 – July 19-23, 2021: Gann/Bentley, Waltham, MA
I enjoyed the finger molds and fingerprint labs. The fingerprint lab was my favorite, especially when we had to identify as unknown person.- Student Comment - June 21, 2019
The program introduced me to the ways that forensics is used to catch murders and how to use evidence to determine what exactly happened at the crime scene. I enjoyed how the class felt less like a class and we were actually having fun learning instead of being forced to learn. The teacher was very knowledgeable and fun to be around.- Student Comment - July 19, 2019
Our teacher was very nice and was extremely knowledgeable about all the subjects we covered. The blood spatter subject was very fun to learn about and I found it very interesting.- Student Comment - July 26, 2019
"The program I took was forensics taught by Dr. Fox. We learned about how they get shoe prints, fingerprints, lip prints and any other impression. We also learned about blood spatters and how to tell the velocity of the weapon and what weapon mightve been used. I thought Dr. Fox was a very good teacher and he was very good at explaining everything."- Student Comment - July 20, 2018
"In this program, we discussed and experimented with different ways to analyze crime scenes. This included experiments like document analysis (forgery), toxicology, dental impressions, fingerprinting and DNA analysis. Mr. Isaacs was a very dedicated and fun teacher. You could tell that he loves what he does and is very good at answering any questions I have."- Student Comment - June 22, 2018
"I really enjoyed this program. We covered a ton of different topics and learned lots of new and cool things. There was a good balance between listening and hands-on. The teacher was super fun and did a great job passing on his knowledge of the topic."- Student Comment - July 27, 2018
'I think the Forensics program was fun and informational. The activities we did were fun; for example when we made a model of our finger, a shoe print, blood drops, and looking at our hair in the microscopes. Also, our teacher Fox did a good job teaching us the different forensic techniques.'- Student Comment - July 21, 2017
'I really enjoyed learning about crime scenes and CSI work. Our teacher Josh made learning fun and really improved my understanding of forensics.'- Student Comment - August 4, 2017
'I enjoyed the program a lot. My favorite parts of it was learning about DNA, watching the different forensic videos, going to the police station and doing the crime scenes.'- Student Comment - July 1, 2016
'It was very informative and there were many fun experiments. I liked fingerprinting and creating a crime scene.'- Student Comment - July 1, 2016