More than 200 EPISD elementary students spent their intersession analyzing blood spatter, fingerprints and exploring other crime scene forensics at a Department of Defense Education Activity camp.
The camp – Career Readiness, Investigative Methods and Criminal Analysis Using Engineering Methods – gave Logan, Milam, Powell, Tom Lea, and Nixon elementary third- to fifth-grade students a break from the traditional curriculum for some specialized forensic classes.
Milam fourth grader Gwendolyn Lovell is a regular at the DoDEA camps. She spent a good portion of one afternoon dissecting owl pellets in search of the bones of tiny creatures.
“I really like coming to these camps. I try to come as much as I can,” she said. “They’re really fun.”
Her classmate Micah Flores enjoyed the blood spatter experiment, which gave students a chance to see how detectives analyze blood drops in crime investigations. The students took the syrupy mix of fake blood from different heights to see the spattered.
“I liked the blood samples,” Micah said. “I just think they’re satisfying for some reason. I want to be an animatronic engineer and a doctor when I grow up. This camp gives you great knowledge. I just like learning here.”
Gwendolyn and Micah also took part in activities such as fingerprinting analysis, handwriting analysis, forensic anthropology, leaf analysis, blood spatter analysis, forensic odontology, and many more. Other activities included presentations from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol K9 Unit, Insights Museum and the Texas Park Rangers.