Crime Scene Investigation Camp was created, designed and is directed by Dr. Lynda McMaster-Schuyler, a biology and chemistry professor at the State University in New York at Cobleskill. At the height of Americans' fascination with forensics and Hollywood’s sensational portrayals, Dr. McMaster-Schuyler was interested in teaching students about the "science behind the bling." She wanted students to understand the science involved in forensics and enjoy the excitement in solving a criminal investigation.
"Forensic science is a great way to turn kids on to STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math) and introduce the scientific method. Because any discipline can be studied forensically, our camp explores all sorts of technologies and topics while having fun solving a puzzle.”
She and Margaret Liberti, both professors of Science at the State University of New York at Cobleskill, have been running CSI camp at SUNY Cobleskill since 2002 and are now pleased to be expanding this program to other schools in New York State.
This award winning camp has run for 11 years and served over 600 students. Previous campers have attended multiple camps, some have become counselors and several have now graduated from college in criminal justice fields. Students start the week by becoming Crime Scene Investigators and spend their days working in teams to solve a realistic crime. All campers are taught by forensic experts in the field and supervised by approved camp counselors. Campers learn how to secure a crime scene, collect evidence, and explore some of the following techniques: DNA sampling, analysis and use, bite and blunt force trauma marks, interview and interrogation techniques, forensic entomology and anthropology, arson, hair and fiber analysis, fingerprinting, psychological profiling, facial recognition, ballistics, cybercrime and data encryption, photography, and admission standards for case preparation. On the last day of camp, parents serve as grand jury in hearing admissible evidence and case presentations. Day campers are busy from 9-5 with a lunch and snack break. Overnight campers have additional recreational and forensic activities and all meals and boarding. See individual locations for schedules.