|Very excited to find some evidence!|
|Dusting for prints|
|Taking their own fingerprints|
Wednesday, we learned about police officers. Our Orange, Blue, and Green groups took a trip to the University of Michigan Police Station to meet with Officer Kaitlyn and Officer Joe. They were able to see the different spaces where police officers work, ask them questions about their job, see the gear they wear and use, and even meet Officer Tank, a police dog. Yellow group stayed at the museum and had their field trip come to them. After making some decoders and police hats, they were reading to meet with real police officers. Officer Matt and Officer Joe talked about what police officers do and what their job is like. Yellow group also got to try on all the different gear that police officers need to wear. Of course, Officer Tank made an appearance as well! After the presentation, campers had to go through detectives training. They were led on a scavenger hunt through the museum where they needed to use their brain and brawn to solve clues, codes, puzzles, maneuver through laser beams, and run an obstacle course. At the end of their training they received their police badge!
|Trying on the police vest|
Thursday was about hair, fibers and DNA! Hair seems like a simple thing, but it can actually tell us a lot about a suspect. Color, composition, and even DNA can be found in hair. Campers made their own hair strand model on a much larger scale. They also got a chance to compare different hairs and fibers under our stereoscopes, matching samples given. We also took a crack at DNA codes. By making color coded models of DNA we were able to build our own strands to match suspects and solve some crimes.
|Campers documented the crime scenes|
Someone stole a Coprolite from the upcoming exhibit on trace fossils. It was up to Blue and Yellow group to collect evidence to compare to the three police suspects. After being briefed on the crime and suspects the groups collected evidence from the scene, dusted for prints, examined the evidence, motives, and alibis to accuse the perpetrator!
|"Murder at the Museum"|