SMU Kicks Off 2014 CSI Summer Camps – Girls Begin the Investigation

It’s that time of year again! Our new set of gumshoes arrived early this morning to kick off our 2014 CSI Summer Camps. Without missing a beat, campers were immediately acquainted with the world of CSI through a great presentation by Sean Kearney with the Dallas PD. Through this presentation, campers learned that there’s a lot of math and science involved in crime scene investigation. “In forensics we don’t ever guess,” explained Kearney, “we have to have hard evidence.”

Sean Kearney, Dallas PD, displays evidence to campers.

Sean Kearney, Dallas PD, displays evidence to campers.

What happened next was most unfortunate…photoA kidnapping occurred on campus! Good thing we have this team of CSI investigators-in-training to help solve the crime.

Each unit took turns examining the scene and taking notes,


gathering evidence,



and taking measurements for a scaled sketch.



Then, after thoroughly processing the crime scene, campers were visited by Amanda Webb, a biologist with the Dallas County Crime Lab. Webb’s visit was all about DNA, and campers learned how DNA is used to investigate crimes.


Campers finished up their day learning all about change blindness, the phenomenon that explains why eyewitness testimony isn’t always the most reliable piece of evidence. And just so we don’t let the campers have all the fun, you can get in on the CSI action by watching the following videos. These videos will introduce you to the change blindness phenomenon and also allow you to test your observational skills.

Stay tuned to keep apprised of all the latest developments of our CSI investigation!

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