Camp CSI

Eddie Bremer, 10, rolled the tip of his finger onto a white tile, and then used a small brush to carefully dust graphite powder across the tile to reveal his fingerprint.
Krystle Wagner
Jul 11, 2014

 

The activity is one of several to help campers diving into crime scene forensics during the Northwest Ottawa Recreational Authority’s Grand Haven CSI day camp at Lakeshore Middle School.

Bremer said hearing the word “crime” piqued his interest to sign up for the camp.

“I just like solving mysteries,” he said.

Throughout the week, campers are turning into investigators with activities such as matching up teeth marks on Styrofoam plates and Laffy Taffy candy. The small group also stepped into investigators’ shoes to find clues from fake blood based on the red liquid drop’s shape and size.

Camper Grace Ackerman said her favorite camp activity has been the memorization activities. Once the group memorized clues on a card, they had to find a matching card after sorting through multiple cards with similar clues.

Instructor Alyssa Vander Stel said campers learned that it’s difficult for witnesses to recall what a suspect looks like because they can confuse what they see and what the believe they saw.

Rosalee Springer, 8, said she also likes science class in school, and she thought the CSI camp would be a good way to spend the week.

“I thought it would be fun and cool to learn how they solve mysteries and crimes with just clues,” she said. “So far, it’s been really fun.”

Vander Stel said she hopes the week instills a sense of curiosity in campers, and the confidence they can experiment and put clues together on their own.

Once campers have tested their detective skills, Vander Stel said they will solve a mystery at the end of the week.

“I think that’s going to be my favorite part,” Bremer said.

 

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