|Calling all detectives to Owens’ CSI camp|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Friday, 06 July 2012 11:30|
Area youth ages 13 through 17 will have the opportunity to become a detective for several days and learn how the world of forensic science is used in solving a crime as Owens Community College serves as host to a Crime Scene Investigator Youth Camp, Aug. 7-9.
The CSI Youth Camp will be offered at the College’s Center for Emergency Preparedness, which is located on Tracy Road in Lake Township. The camp will take place Tuesday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
“Owens Community College is proud to offer an educational camp in which students will learn how to solve a crime using actual forensic skills,” said Michael Cornell, director of the Center for Emergency Preparedness. “Attendees will not know if they solved the crime until the last day of camp when the SWAT team raids a building and captures the villain, which will make for an exciting end to the CSI Youth Camp experience.”
Working with a forensic team, each student detective will have the opportunity to enter a re-creation of an unusual and challenging crime scene where an instructor will direct and coach the students as they use deductive skills, teamwork, math and science to solve the crime. Each camp attendee will be trained in the basic process of evidence collection that includes fingerprints, fibers and hair, blood spatter (simulated), DNA, and tire and shoe prints.
Additionally, student detectives will learn how to protect the chain of evidence as they interview witnesses and develop theories while working as a team to solve the crime. During the last day of camp, each attendee will make a presentation detailing their theories of the crime and identifying the perpetrators of the criminal activity. Each team presentation will be critiqued by a panel of law enforcement officers and forensic scientists.
The Center for Emergency Preparedness is the premier all-hazards national training facility located at Owens Community College. The Center for Emergency Preparedness is dedicated to securing the homeland and assuring the safety of our citizens by building a well-trained community of first responders, first receivers and allied professionals who are ready to safely respond to and mitigate the effects of an all-hazards event.
For more information, call (567) 661-2411 or (800) GO-OWENS, ext. 2411.
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