We offer a variety of program types for children and adults. General information about each program type is included here. You can click on the type of program on the right side of this page to go to pages with more details. Specific details for scheduled programs can be found on the "Upcoming Programs" page.
Homeschool Basic Program: The basic program is a 5-6 hour program that takes place on one day. The first 2/3 of the program covers an introduction to evidence and collection techniques. We look at a range of evidence types and use real crime scene investigation materials to collect evidence. The final 1/3 of the program is a mock crime scene in which the kids collect evidence, question suspects, and solve the crime.
Homeschool Advanced Program: The advanced program is 6 sessions (12-15 hours long total) and takes place over 3-6 days, depending the group's schedule. The first three sessions cover evidence and collection. We cover more types of evidence than in the basic program. The fourth session involves processing a vehicle as a crime scene and how to question suspects. The fifth session is a mock crime scene that involves an indoor and/or outdoor location plus a vehicle. The kids collect evidence and solve the crime. The sixth session is a mock trial in which the kids create their own "expert identities" and testify about the evidence the collected, how they collected it, the chain of custody, etc.
Library Programs: I offer a variety of programs for libraries, ranging from one hour sessions covering one type of evidence to all-day programs. The library can decide if the program will be age-restricted (i.e. a teen program or a younger program) or open to everyone. All programs involve hands-on activities, but the number of activities will be determined by the time allotted for the program and the group size.
School Programs: I work with schools to provide forensic science programs for their students in a variety of ways. I can schedule entire days where I go to a school or multiple schools in a district and do a series of programs for multiple classes/grades. This type of program is charged on a daily rate, but there are discounts for multiple days, even if two adjoining districts schedule consecutive days. I can also do summer workshops for science teachers in a district to train them to add forensic science activities into their curricula.
Visually Impaired Programs: I am very excited about my programs for visually impaired students. I tailor the program to the needs of the group, and add elements that are truly unique. We cover the use of sounds and smells in crime scene investigation and use a lot of hands-on activities the allow the students to take advantage of their enhanced tactile abilities. I use enlarged models of fingerprints made with silicone so that the students can learn how to distinguish between the types of prints.
Adult Programs: Adult programs are great for adults who are simply interested in the subject (maybe as a fan of a television show or reading mysteries) or those who wish to write mysteries and need to gain more insight in evidence collection. I tailor the content of these courses to the pre-program comments that I receive from enrollees. I am also excited about another new twist for adult programs involving Forensic History. We will look at historical cases and try to see what the evidence tells us.
I am constantly working on adding new programs, and certain times of year are more active scheduling seasons. At the present time, I am working on a series of programs in the Northeast. Details on upcoming programs will constantly be updated on the "Upcoming Programs" page.