Hi all. You may find us a bit quiet this week as we gear up for our 3rd annual CSI Summer Camps!
We are so excited to have local middle school students back on our SMU campus so they can learn to crack the case. Through activities like fingerprint dusting, DNA analysis, and forensic anthropology, local students will gain a first-hand introduction to science-based careers. During these week-long camps, incoming sixth and seventh grade students will interact with CSI experts, ranging from law enforcement officials to biometric scientists, to learn about the skills and tools these professionals use in their investigations. Campers will have multiple opportunities to participate in hands-on activities such as facial, iris, and gait analysis, and they will learn about deception and interrogation using polygraph machines. These camps ultimately allow students to put their CSI skills into motion throughout the week in order to solve a mock crime scene.
We are also very excited by the line-up of CSI professionals joining our camps this year. Included in this line-up of presenters are the SMU Law Enforcement and SWAT Teams, the local branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Wylie PD K-9 Unit, and the FBI, among others. These professionals add their expertise to the camp curriculum and provide real-world context to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts the camps explore. But students aren’t the only ones learning from the camps, as teachers from around the country have also been invited to gain first-hand experience with the CSI program.
Be sure to check in with us next week as we introduce one of our new camp features: live blogging! Who says the kids get to have all the fun? Our blog posts will allow you to follow campers’ experiences through stories, pictures, and other daily highlights!