CSI Camp

By: Nichole Vrsansky
By: Nichole Vrsansky

Move over CSO Miami, some Rockford high school students are giving you a challenge. Who knows, maybe CSI Rockford will be next. Perhaps showing how popular that show has become and the interest it's sparked in forensic science, a summer camp for teens devoted to crime scene investigation.

Some Rockford high school students are starring in their own version of crime scene investigations. Its part of CSI camp at Rock Valley College. A mock murder has been staged and students now must search for clues to solve the crime.

"We go in and we gather evidence. We gather fingerprints and tissue samples and we take pictures of the crime scene," says Ashley Galvan, who’ll be a senior at Belvidere High School in the fall.

For 4 weeks about 30 teens have had a crash course on forensic science, learning about lab investigations and getting hands on experience with fingerprinting, DNA and blood testing.

"It’s teaching me that I have to study hard and be a good critical thinker,” says Tyron Sullivan, a soon-to-be junior at Guilford High School.

Here's what the students know about the crime so far. The financial director of Rock Valley College’s upward bound program, Penelope Cats, is missing. This morning, a college grounds keeper found this cabin door open and inside he discovered a lot of blood and Cats' clothing.

"We tried to keep it true to life and a lot of times with investigations, you're not getting a lot of information and here's the scene, can you put the story together," says CSI Camp Instructor Chris Biesbrouck.

Biesbrouck says he's impressed with the students crime-solving skills so far. But the real test comes Friday, the last day of class, and the deadline for this case to be solved.

Most of the students who attended the CSI camp had an interest in forensic science before they enrolled. They say this program has reaffirmed that interest and motivated them to study even harder for their future careers.

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