2009-2010

WPI to Host Hands-on Forensics Program for Middle School Students

WPI will host from August 3 to 7 "Crime Scene Science," a unique week-long program that introduces middle school students to the fascinating and mysterious world of forensic science.

Pupils to Explore World of Crime Scene Investigations

What
For the first time, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will host "Crime Scene Science," a unique week-long program that introduces middle school students to the fascinating and mysterious world of forensic science. This hands-on program will allow students to put into practice what they learn in the classroom through various activities related to crime scene investigations: evidence collection, soil sample analysis, fingerprint comparison, and more. The 20 participants – who are from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire – will explore the science behind crime scene investigations by processing the "crime scene" using forensic biological techniques. The program is set up so students are "CSIs in training;" in teams of six or seven, they will process a crime scene, interview witnesses, learn the legal process, review evidence, and make a recommendation on which suspect should be arrested based on the evidence. Participants will also hear from guest speakers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Worcester County District Attorney's Office, and a Boston-based law firm.

When
August 3-7, 2009 (SCHEDULE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.)

Where
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.       

Visual
Friday, August 7: Students visit WPI's Fire Protection Engineering lab to learn the burn rates of materials.

July 31, 2009

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu