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

Pupils to Explore World of Crime Scene Investigations
Media Contact
July 31, 2009

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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.




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