Forensic science can be used to track even the smallest piece of trace evidence from a crime scene to a single person beyond a reasonable doubt! In this follow-up to Forensic Detectives, campers will take a deep dive into the biological and chemical tools that laboratories use to evaluate various types of evidence collected in the field. Using analysis and interpretation of forensic data, they will perform a simulated investigation that highlights how forensic science incorporates many disciplines.
explore unique fields of forensic science including entomology, chemical spectroscopy, toxicology, and psychological profiling;
use DNA barcoding to identify “crime scene” specimens, and spectrometric methods to identify trace evidence;
develop a DNA profile, and statistically interpret the results;
understand how genealogy is used in human identification, and the limitations of DNA evidence.