CSI Final Day

For the last day of camp, we really wanted to have a bit of fun. So, after a morning “Harlem Shake” warm-up…


we were visited by Denton County Sherrif’s Office.

The representatives from the Denton Sherrif’s Office provided campers with an inside look into their job duties, and allowed campers to do a little exploring.

Investigators Get Their Hands Dirty

Our campers got their hands dirty this morning examining more of the evidence found at the crime scene – a note and a soil sample.

Campers hit the lab to place the soil sample under the microscope, hoping to determine its place of origin.




And because the note was written with a black marker, our investigators-in-training were able to determine which type of marker it was written with in our paper chromatography lab.



CSI Boys Camp – Day 2 Recap

After spending the morning examining how fingerprints serve as identifiers, campers spent the afternoon learning about forensic anthropology and medical examination. Then our campers put their knowledge to the test to narrow down our list of kidnapping suspect list. According to the fingerprints found at the crime, our suspect’s fingerprint type was a loop. This determination eliminated the following suspects:

  • Andrew Blanchard
  • Anna Hoffman
  • Kristine Reiley
  • Sam Seidel
  • Amie Torres

So what do you think? Who dunnit?

CSI Boys Camp Kicks Off!

20130715-101014.jpgThere’s been another kidnapping! We’re very excited to welcome our incoming 6th and 7th grade boys to week to of our CSI Summer Camps! After being introduced to crime scene investigation by the SMU SWAT team, our campers-with the help of Andrea Webb, psychophysiologist- got right to work interrogating our eye witness.


Campers then got to work observing,



collecting evidence,


taking pictures,

and taking measurements at the crime scene.


Our campers will spend the afternoon making sense of all the evidence with help from the local branch of NCIS, or the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Stay tuned to find out what the campers discover… Rumor has it that we’ll soon be introduced to our suspects!

CSI Girls Camp – The Gripping Conclusion

Well, now that we’ve left you hanging all weekend, we thought we’d finally reveal our culprit. After examining all the evidence uncovered by the week’s investigation, it was determined that our kidnapper was…

Sameen Ali
Amanda Quintero!

But, all fun and games aside, we were so happy to spend our week with such wonderful campers, teachers, and staff members. We truly think that this girls camp was one of our best to date, and we are so excited to see what happens next week during our boys camp!

Campers Learn about Lying and Deception

Before our campers gear up to solve Monday’s crime, we thought we’d spend a little time this morning talking about lying and deception. Deception is such a hot topic in CSI that entire TV shows like “Lie To Me” have been devoted to the topic. This morning, phychophysiologist and cool jobs alumna Dr. Andrea Webb spoke to our campers about the psychology of deception.


Psychophysiologists  look at the body’s responses to psychological manipulations such as looking at pictures and listening to sounds. While Psychologists are interested in why we may fear things, a psychophysiologist will attempt to understand our body’s response to that fear. So what instrument is well known to measure these bodily responses? You guessed it, a polygraph test!

Our campers didn’t just learn about the polygraph test, they got a first-hand look!


Our campers have some exciting things coming up today, so stay tuned to discover who our camper’s decide is the perpetrator!

CSI Day 4

Although we were remiss in posting about the conclusion to yesterday’s camp, we are making up for it now!

After working through the morning’s biometrics activities, our campers spent the afternoon thinking about three little letters: D-N-A! After a wonderful presentation about DNA by SMU’s Dr. Rick Jones, our campers spent the rest of camp in our DNA extraction lab. This lab allowed our investigators-in-training to experience DNA in a hands-on way, as our girls extracted the DNA from a strawberry!



While the day’s activities did not rule out either of our suspects or reveal our perpetrator, campers learned many ways that people’s physical traits can be examined during crime scene investigations.

CSI Day 2 Camper Experience

Ok, so we know that we still have more information to dish out about day 4 of our CSI camp. But since we’ve been doing all the talking up to this point, we thought we’d let a camper weigh in on this week’s events.

Brianna Jones

Brianna Jones, of Unit Alpha, had this to say about day 2 of the camp:

“It was awesome, the SWAT team came like if they were doing it like a real crime investigation. Also, 2 women showed us how to put on their uniform. Then we got to try it on, some of the stuff was heavy like the vest and the shield. Next, we looked and took fingerprints. Be careful with the dust powder because it can get messy. Then we did a fingerprint scanner and learned about the 3 types of prints, the loop, arch, and whorl. After that we used string and a ruler to measure our femur and height. It was fun even though it was math. Finally, a woman came by and talked about autopsies and how they gather evidence from bodies. It was gross but cool. I can’t wait until tomorrow.”



Closing in on the Perpetrator

Day 4 of our CSI investigation began today, and our girl campers are closing in on the perpetrator. But before getting to work, our girls were visited by the local branch of the FBI. FBI agents are often seen in television shows and movies, so these professionals separated fact from fiction to give our campers a realistic look at what a career in the FBI entails.

Once we said our goodbyes to these professionals, the campers were back at it, continuing the biometrics activities from yesterday. Gait, iris, hand, and ear recognition were the name of the game this morning!

Stay tuned to learn all about the fun activities we’ve got planned for this afternoon… The rumor is that DNA is involved!

CSI Investigation – Day 3

After discovering some interesting evidence this morning, our CSI investigators got a crash course in biometrics. Wait, bio-what? Biometrics is a term used to describe activities that use people’s characteristics or traits to identify them. Yesterday our campers learned how people can be identified by their fingerprints, and today they learned how people can be identified by their ears…



and the way they walk, or their gait.



And since we’ve been spending so much time focusing on the human side of solving crimes, we brought in our friends Officer Brenda Martin and her dog Caro to talk about what it’s like for the K-9 members of the force.




We made significant headway narrowing our list of suspects today. By the end of the day we identified the marker used at the crime scene as an Expo marker, and matched the soil sample left at the scene to the soil found behind the Caruth Hall. This leaves the following suspects left:

  • Sameen Ali
  • Amanda Quintero

Looks like our voters from yesterday were way off! So now who do you think dunnit?