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Camp Description

This camp will keep our junior crime solvers on their toes throughout the week; each day different fun scenarios will be presented to the campers. Working together, they will learn problem solving skills and strategies as well as scientific principles to solve the crime and bring the criminals to justice.

Camp Overview*


Students will learn the value of scientific communication by using Excel graphing and analyzing data. Based on real FBI crime data, campers will review data and determine the days more burglaries are likely to occur in a given city. 


Analyzing Blood spatter--learning the hows, whens, wheres of a crime. Students will learn many things from studying the spatter and by employing math and science skills, they will solve the mystery.
Learn how to establish the time of death (ETD)


Cracking a counterfeit ring--Students will learn how to determine the density of various metals thus being able to establish that a bag of "rare coins" brought in by a young man claiming they were antique are found out to be fake.

Arson Investigations involving VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds)-- four teachers want a new classroom; a suspicious fire erupts at school, All are with motive but only one is guilty of setting their current classroom on fire...you get to solve the crime.


Paper chromatography--someone left a ransom note for the kids and they will have to act quick to determine which suspect's marker was actually used to write the note.


Campers will use other scientific principles to solve other sticky situations:  The perfect Kool-aid solution, determination of an Unknown Concentration, and finally, Who Killed Barney the Purple Dinosaur?

*The camp activities shown are subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

Camp Details:

WHEN: June 27-July 1
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
FEE: $ $275

Parents/guardians are responsible for dropping off their charges and picking them up in the classroom not more than 15 minutes before/after the started camp starting and ending times. Campers must provide their own lunches, snacks, and drinks.

Register for Summer Camp

On line registration is now available; for payment by check or money order, please complete the registration form found here. If you have questions, please contact the Continuing Education office at 610-396-6225 for assistance.

Consent forms are located here.


Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610






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