Forensic Science Summer Program

Forensic Science: Crime Scene Investigation and Criminal Justice.

CSS forensic science summer camp

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a crime scene investigator like those on popular shows? In our forensic science summer camp, students get hands-on experience with a variety of forensic science techniques, like lifting prints from surfaces, making castings of footprints, analyzing blood spatter, and more!

This course is much more than simple finger printing. We offer an intriguing look at one of the most popular career choices for college students these days. In our course, we delve deeply into the science of crime scene investigation: trajectory analysis, fluid spatter evidence, fluid analysis, and other scientific techniques used by real-life forensic scientists.

Last summer in the forensic science summer camp, they did an experiment where they took samples from all over campus- door knobs in bathrooms, the lake, one from a student’s boot- and put them in Petri dishes to see how much bacteria grew in each of them. They also made imprints of their own shoes and were able to take the casts home with them. Also, each student gets to help create crime scene scenarios and set them up with the appropriate evidence and the other students will have to solve them using the skills they have been building in class. Our talented instructor will create elaborate crime scenes for the class to solve as well. Each crime scene will be different and more complicated than the last. The students will interrogate suspects, investigate the case, and make the final ruling using the lab’s high tech equipment. This class incorporates practical knowledge and new skills for an exciting session.

forensic science summer camp

forensic science summer camp

For our final project, students are presented with a mock crime scene and must use their newly acquired forensic skills to solve the case. It is really fun! We collect evidence look for fingerprints and other organic clues, take photographs, study the location and disposition of evidence, and interview suspects. Writing students often collaborate with this class and will create the back story for the crime, and other students will pose as victims and suspects. It is expected to be one of the most fun parts of the entire program.

Class discussions include crime scene analysis, case studies of crime scenes, proper investigation techniques, and the history of forensic science. We have had lively discussions about facts and fallacies revolving around major cases in the media and on TV. We study and analyze the factors of science in prosecution. The forensic science summer camp culminates with a class investigation of mock crime scenes – collecting evidence, lifting prints, photographing and sketching the scene, and interviewing suspects to solve the crime. In the past other students have served as criminals, victims, judge and jury.

“I was looking for a forensic science camp, and this camp had it. I would recommend this camp to a friend!”   – Anonymous Forensic Science Student, Summer 2015

“My favorite things this summer were when we did our own crime scenes and when we went to the Morristown Police investigative unit.” – Anonymous Forensic Science Student, Summer 2015

“My favorite thing my class did this week was analyze hair samples from my classmates during the murder mystery.” – Anonymous Forensic Science Student, Summer 2015

Instructor: Tuesday James

Tuesday James has an academic background in Criminal Justice. Tuesday attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and  she hopes to one day became a police officer. Having previously worked at CSS and other forensic science summer camps, she knows the value of summer learning, and she is excited to join us again this summer!