I generally offer two types of homeschool programs, but I can tailor a program to fit a group's specific needs.
Basic Crime Scene Investigation Program: This program is the most common that I have done for homeschoolers. The program lasts 5 to 6 hours (depending on group size), with a break about 3 hours after we start. During the first 2/3 of the program, I introduce kids to various types of evidence and collection techniques. The types of evidence that we always cover include:
Other types of evidence that we may cover include hair and trace evidence, poisons, and paint transfer.
The kids take part in hands on activities, and use real evidence collection supplies.
The final third of the program is a mock crime scene where the kids collect evidence, question suspects, and solve the crime.
There is no set age range for this program, but I typically have kids ranging from 7-17. A range of ages in the same program is beneficial because people of different ages perceive the value of evidence differently, and this allows us to have a lot more hypotheses about what happened at the crime scene.
Advanced Crime Scene Investigation Course: This program is much more involved and adds a lot of additional activities and evidence types. Plus, it concludes with a mock trial which helps to bring everything together. This program includes 6 sessions (about 2.5 hours each). These can take place over six days (one day a week for six weeks) or over 4 days with the first two days covering two sessions each and then the final two days covering one session each. The session details are as follows:
Session 1: Evidence collection and analysis--fingerprints, shoe evidence, and tires.
Session 2: Evidence collection and analysis--blood, tool marks, hair, trace evidence, poisons, and the use of other senses for evidence collection.
Session 3: Ink and document analysis, linguistic analysis, handwriting analysis, paint transfer, forensic uses of geology, botany, entomology, and palynology.
Session 4: Introduction to questioning of witnesses and suspects; we will process a vehicle as a crime scene.
Session 5: Mock crime scene. The "investigators" will collect evidence, analyze it, request tests and get test result reports, question witnesses and suspects, and solve the crime.
Session 6: Mock trial. The participants will create identities as experts and have resumes to present in court. They will offer testimony on the evidence they collected, how they collected, and about the chain of custody.
All students will receive a manual to go along with what we cover.
This program is designed for ages 11 and up, but there is a lot of flexibility in homeschool programs. All material is age appropriate.
You can check the "Upcoming Programs" page to see if there is a program coming to your town. If not, please feel free to contact me to suggest a location. I am always looking for new locations for programs. My e-mail is: