SMU CSI Camp Session 4 Day 3

Today was the last day of our last session of SMU CSI Camp 2015!

We started off the day with a presentation by a forensic pathologist!

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Then, we did some forensic anthropology!

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Then, we did a gait lab!

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Then, we had a visit from the Denton County SWAT Team! Our campers got to learn what they do, and they got to look at the cool vehicle they drive!

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Everyone had a lot of fun and learned a lot during our camp, and we are sad that it had to come to an end. We can’t wait until next year!


SMU CSI Camp Session 4 Day 2

Today was the second day of our last session of SMU CSI Camp 2015.

We started the day off with an exciting presentation by the FBI. Our campers learned a ton about being in the FBI and how cool the job really is!

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After learning all about the FBI, our campers went to do a Fingerprint Dusting lab with the SMU PD, and they also got to find out what kind of fingerprints they had with our Fingerprint Sensor Activity!

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After learning about their fingerprints, our campers got to learn about the SMU Police Department and the SMU SWAT Team. They got to learn about what the SWAT Team does, and they got to see some cool equipment!

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After learning about the SWAT Team and cool equipment, our campers got to extract DNA from strawberries! They got to squish the strawberries and mix the strawberries with other things to get the DNA!

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After the DNA Extraction, our campers got to look at their eyes and do an Iris Recognition Activity!

Today was a ton of fun, and the campers learned a lot!

We are sad that our camps for the year are ending, but we are glad that everyone has had such a wonderful time! We definitely cannot wait until tomorrow!

SMU CSI Camp Session 4 Day 1

Today begins the first day of our last SMU CSI Camp for this summer.

We have a great group of campers who are ready to learn and solve crimes!

We started our day with a presentation by detective Sean Kearney. He taught us everything we needed to know before going into our own crime scene!

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After learning from him, we were ready as we stumbled upon our own crime scene! There was a kidnapping in the Caruth Institute, and we needed the best group of young minds to figure out who committed it! Luckily, we had them! Our campers joined together to examine the crime scene as they collected evidence, took pictures, and sketched the scene.

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After examining the crime scene, the campers took a break from it and got to meet a K9 officer and his partner! He explained his job and how him and his dog solve crimes! After hearing about the officer’s job, we went outside to see a demonstration of how the officer and his partner work together!

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After the K9 presentation, the campers returned to the classrooms to see if they could solve the crime we discovered at the crime scene. We took a sample from the soil we found at the crime scene and observed it under the microscope to see if we could find any clues.


After looking at the soil, we did a paper chromatography lab to see what marker was used on the note we found at the crime scene! Every company uses multiple colors to make up the black marker, so we were able to see different colors in different markers, and compare them to the note to figure out which marker was used!

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The campers learned a lot today! We can’t wait to continue our camp tomorrow!

SMU CSI Camp Session 3 Day 3

Today was the last day of our third session of SMU CSI Camp.

As we were all sad that the great time at camp was coming to an end, we were also all excited to see what great science adventures the day had in store for us!

We started our day with a visit from Dr. Amy Gruszecki, a forensic pathologist. She explained what a day in her job is actually like. To our surprise, her job is nothing like what they depict on TV!


She showed us pictures of things she examines as well! The picture below shows an artery in the heart – the one on the left is good, and the one on the right is blocked!


As the day went on, we did forensic anthropology and a gait lab!

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After this, the campers got to do a facial recognition lab! With this activity, our campers got to apply knowledge they learned throughout the week, and they got to learn even more!

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We also had a visit from Jose Gloria and Ruth Spencer of the Denton County SWAT Team! The girls got to see all their equipment, and they even got to play with some of it!

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Session 3 has officially come to an end, and we are so glad that it was so much fun for the campers! Not only did we all have a ton of fun, everyone learned a lot and got to apply their new knowledge throughout the week!

After such a great session 3, we absolutely cannot wait to start session 4 next week!

SMU CSI Camp Session 3 Day 2

This morning was the second day of our third session of SMU CSI Camp!

The day was filled with a ton of exciting science activities, and everyone had a lot of fun!

The morning began with a presentation by a real FBI Agent! The campers learned everything they wanted to know about the FBI!

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After the FBI presentation, the girls worked with the SMU Police Department and learned all about fingerprint dusting.

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After fingerprint dusting, the campers wondered what kind of fingerprints they had, so we decided to complete a fingerprint sensor activity. Through the fingerprint sensor, the girls learned what kind of fingerprints they have, and they also learned what minutiaes are!

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After this, Detective Perez came in from the SMU PD and gave a presentation about women in law enforcement and more! Detective Perez showed the campers what she does to get in full uniform; she discussed what she carries on her belt, and the campers learned what all is carried in a police vehicle.

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After learning about law enforcement, the campers were curious to see what our next exciting activity was. The girls got to extract DNA from strawberries!

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To wrap up the day, we did an iris recognition activity!

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Today was so much fun! We can’t wait until tomorrow!


SMU CSI Camp Session 3 Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of our second girls camp!

We have 10 eager 6th and 7th grade ladies this week from the DFW, Houston and Oklahoma area! We began our day with a presentation by a detective from the Dallas Police Department about being a Crime Scene Technician. He told us everything we needed to know before we entered our crime scene.

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With the information we learned from our Detective, we started surveying our crime scene. We sketched out the scene, took lots of pictures and collected the evidence.

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After lunch, we got to meet K9 Officer Shane Menz and his partner from the Lewisville Police Department. He explained his job and how he and his partner work together to solve crimes. He showed us how he detects narcotics and how he is focused on his job at hand. As a reward he gets to play with his favorite toy, his squeaky ball.


We then went back to the evidence we found at our crime scene. The note that was left behind was hand written with a black marker, so we did a lab called Paper Chromatography to find out what kind of black marker was used to write the note. Did you know that black markers are actually made up of different colors and each company uses different colors in their black markers?

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We then took the soil sample that we collected at our crime scene and analyzed it under stereoscopes. We compared it to other samples taken around the location of our crime to find out where it came from.

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It’s was an exciting first day! The girls can’t wait to continue their investigation today!