CSI Boys Camp – Day 2

The events of day 2 had a… shall we say, furry start. To lend our campers some help, and to potentially track down our kidnapping victim, Deputy Clayton Wood and K9 Rocky kicked off day 2.

DSC_0490Although the tracking trail went “cold” near the parking garage, these two visitors also gave campers a glimpse into the lives of law enforcement K9s and their handlers.

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And while Deputy Wood gets a salary as a reward for his service, Rocky is content with his verysion of a bimonthly paycheck—a 50 lb bag of food, and a couple of treats of course.

DSC_0486After the K9 and his handler departed the scene, today’s events were all about biometrics. Biometrics is the science behind using biological traits in identification. First, campers learned all about what makes our fingerprint unique, and got to see their own fingerprint up close using a fingerprint scanner.

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And rather than just learning interesting stuff, this activity had an end game: campers made their first discovery that helped them narrow their list of suspects. The suspect’s fingerprint type was a loop!

Next, campers learned other ways in which different parts of our bodies can be used to identify us. They learned what is unique about our hands and our eyes.

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DSC_1766To round out the day’s events, campers had a surprising visit from the SMU Police and SWAT team. This visit was most surprising for camp director Phil Munsterman, who was ordered to get down on the ground upon their arrival.

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But their dramatic entrance was all in good fun, and they spent the rest of their visit giving campers insight into what it takes to enter a career like theirs and what their daily duties include.

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Day 2 was definitely full of excitement, so stay tuned to see what the rest of the week has in store for our investigators!

 

 

CSI Girls Camp – Day 4

Today our investigators-in-training got straight to business with a visit from Lt. Kevin Clark and other members of the Denton County Sheriff’s SWAT team. Since no one likes being cooped up first thing in the morning, the girls were called upon to gear up

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and man their stations.

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After their call to battle, it was time to start processing some hard evidence found at Monday’s crime scene. Campers were able to narrow their list of suspects by analyzing a soil sample during the microscope lab

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and find out which type of marker was used to write the perpetrator’s note in the paper chromatography lab.

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After this evidence was thoroughly process, camper learned that DNA is becoming an afternoon theme here at our CSI summer camp. Yesterday, the girls tried their hand at DNA electrophoresis, and today the campers deepened their understanding of DNA through an engaging presentation by SMU’s Dr. Teresa Strecker

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and an activity in which they extracted the DNA from a strawberry.

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There are only a few steps left to solve this crime, so stay tuned for tomorrow’s gripping conclusion!