MTSU's Forensic Institute for Research and Education, or FIRE, just wrapped up the 2017 CSI:MTSU summer camp in which high schoolers get an exciting, hands-on experience in forensic science.
CSI:MTSU is a four-day program designed for students entering the ninth grade through college freshmen. The cost is $250 per participant. This includes all camp activities, labs, lunch and snacks, and a T-shirt.
CSI:MTSU allows students to explore many unique career possibilities in forensic science; provides a "real life" reason to tackle higher level math and science courses; and develops skills in team work, seeing and understanding details, critical thinking, and presentations.
The student investigators are presented with a re-creation of an actual crime scene. They are divided into several teams, and a forensic professional directs and coaches the students as they use math and science to solve the crime.
Each student is trained in the fundamental processes of collecting evidence including DNA, fingerprints, hair and fibers, simulated blood spatter, and shoe prints. Additionally, they learn how to process the evidence, conduct interviews, and formulate theories while working within a team environment.
During the last afternoon of the camp, teams make a presentation detailing their theories of the crime and the conclusions that are reached. Team conclusions are critiqued by a panel of forensic scientists.
For more information about FIRE, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/fire/index.php.