Examining the Evidence
- Grades 5-6
Residential and Commuter
- Science and Engineering
How can an abandoned car, devoid of license plates, help detectives solve a jewel heist? How can a single strand of hair keep a man from going to jail for murder? In this course, you will uncover the answers to these types of questions while learning the science behind forensic investigation. After reviewing the scientific skills of observation and deduction, you’ll learn techniques forensic scientists use to analyze hair, fibers, fingerprints, impressions, and documents while processing a crime scene. You and your classmates will explore blood-typing and spatter patterns, toxicology, and DNA analysis. Through the study of notorious cases, such as the Lindbergh baby kidnapping and the assassination of John F. Kennedy, you will become familiar with the history of forensic science and advances in the field. And in mock investigations, you’ll use your newly acquired analytical techniques to uncover clues, examine evidence, draw conclusions, and crack cases.
Note: Instructors gear their treatment of the material toward the age of students in the class, but some violent crimes are discussed.
Typical Class Size: 14-16
- Organize crime scene procedures and skills routinely used to unveil, assemble, and process evidence
- Defend different types of physical evidence (hair, fibers, fingerprints, blood, DNA, etc.) while processing a crime scene
- Illustrate how to collect, enhance, identify and analyze techniques that form patterns and impressions to gather for evidence
- Debate the drawbacks of forensic science skills explaining what it does and doesn’t prove
- Produce a forensics report that draws from data supported conclusions based on examining the evidence
- Engage in a mock trial to test analytical techniques by uncovering clues and examining evidence in order to draw conclusions and crack cases
- Propose forensic skills, principles, and technology to solve real-world cases
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||CTY-Level||Not required|
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Forensic Science, by Anthony J. Bertino and Patricia Bertino
About Science and Engineering at CTY
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Bond over chemistry
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