Students Solve Crimes In STEM Camps Led By Forensics Scientist

LANCASTER, PA – During the week of June 25-29th the Lancaster Science Factory is offering two unique STEM camps on forensic science for students in grades 2-8.

In “Who’s Been in the Kitchen?” campers will respond to a burglary, analyze clues, and use science and sleuthing to solve the case.

In “Deconstruction of a Crime” campers will be a team of investigators who will use digital evidence, plant material, DNA evidence, and more to process a scene and determine if a crime has been committed.

The STEM camps are instructed by Jacqueline Mitchell, a DNA Forensic Scientist from the Texas Department of Public Safety in Garland Texas. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Forensic Science is a scientific method of gathering and examining evidences for the investigation of a criminal and civil dispute in areas like product liability, questioned paternity, medical negligence and insurance claims.  Forensic Scientists use different scientific methods and principles in the investigation by gathering physical evidence and the keen analysis of the clues.

The fascinating field of Forensic Science provides bright STEM career opportunities, including the fields of criminal justice, civil service, public health laboratories, analytical consulting services, crime reporting, forensic archaeology, forensic multimedia, analytical quality control in the chemical, pharmaceutical and other manufacturing industries.

Forensic Science is one among many STEM topics featured during 24 weeks of Summer STEM Camp at the Lancaster Science Factory, running through August  17th.  Hands-on camps are intended to stave off summer learning loss, generate interest in different STEM fields, and help grow Lancaster’s STEM workforce pipeline.

About the Lancaster Science Factory

The Lancaster Science Factory is a non-profit science and technology center located at 454 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA. The mission of the Lancaster Science Factory is to create an environment of learning which helps children develop curiosity, think creatively and build self-confidence as they learn the principles of science and the application of science in engineering and technology. 2018 marks the ten-year anniversary of the Lancaster Science Factory.  For general information and admission prices, please call 717.509.6363 or visit

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