Advanced Forensic Science Program: It is not necessary to go through the Basic Program first. This program includes 6 sessions that will take place over 3-6 days, depending on the schedules of the families who register. I am contacting all families who have e-mailed me to determine the best options for them. The six sessions are as follows:
- Sessions 1-3: These sessions introduce evidence (fingerprints, shoe prints/impressions, tire evidence, tool marks, blood, hair and trace evidence, paint transfer, ink and document analysis, linguistic analysis, handwriting analysis, sound evidence, and the uses of other sciences (geology, botany, entomology, palynology) in forensic science. We will look at how to determine areas within a site where evidence is most likely to be found and how to handle evidence to protect its integrity.
- Session 4: This session will include the processing of a vehicle as a crime scene. We will develop fingerprints on numerous surfaces, allowing the participants to figure out which methods are best, search for paint transfer evidence, look for trace and blood evidence, and find insects, soil, and plant parts that may have evidentiary value. This session will also introduce questioning of suspects.
- Session 5: This session will be a mock crime scene. The participants will collect and analyze evidence. There will be premade test result reports that will be provided if the "investigators" can provide a solid reason that they need a test performed. Finally, the students will question "suspects" and solve the crime. They will determine which suspect(s) to charge and what crimes were committed.
- Session 6: This will be a mock trial. The students will each have created an "expert identity" including a resume showing their fabricated education and credentials to be presented at the trial. They will be questioned on the evidence they collected, the methods they used, and the chain of custody. This session will introduce the students to the way that evidence is handled once it has been taken from the crime scene.
The Advanced Program is intended for ages 11 and up. I am always flexible with ages because I recognize that a mix of ages brings a mix of insights, and that kids rarely fit into categories based on their ages.
One Day Program: This program will run 5-6 hours. The first two thirds will cover evidence and collection techniques. There will be hands on activities throughout the program. The types of evidence covered will include:
- Shoe Evidence (prints/impressions)
- Blood Evidence (synthetic blood is used)
- Ink and Document Analysis
- Forensic uses of geology, entomology, botany, and palynology
The final 1/3 of the program will be a mock crime scene where the kids will collect and analyze evidence, question suspects, and solve the crime.
The Basic Program is intended for ages 8 and up. I have often had programs with ages ranging from 7 to 17, and the range of ages adds a lot to the programs. I offer different challenges to each age group, so everyone is challenged throughout.
Want more information?
If you would like more information on the Saratoga Springs programs, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have not set a time for the program yet because I am working with families who have e-mailed to find the best option for everyone. The programs will run either Fridays or Saturdays, starting in the spring.