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ONR-funded STEM program offers peek into world of real 'CSI'
Date:7/21/2011

ARLINGTON, Va.Students and teachers from more than 25 Dallas schools will spend July 18-29 dusting for fingerprints and analyzing facial images at the second annual Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp, through a program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Southern Methodist University's (SMU) CSI Summer Camp, which began this week, is another opportunity for ONR to introduce middle school students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers, said Dr. Kam Ng, ONR's deputy director of research, whose office oversees the effort.

The summer program, split into one-week sessions for girls and another for boys, will allow students to use science and math skills in real-world settings, Ng said.

"CSI is an exciting topic, particularly for young girls," said Ng, who noted statistics demonstrate that girls are less likely to pursue professional disciplines that focus on STEM.

Students and teachers from Dallas-area public middle schools and Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) charter schools as well as a KIPP school in Philadelphia, are participating in the camp. More than 80 percent of the students enrolled in the charter school program come from underserved populations, according to SMU's technical proposal for the camp.

The CSI Summer Camp opens doors for students, not only in furthering their studies in high school and college but also in career choices, said Becky Archer, a sixth-grade teacher from KIPP Philadelphia and a participant in the two-week program.

"Science is such an important part of education," Archer said. "It's amazing. I had six girls [Monday] who said they are interested in forensics, crime scene analysis and working for the FBI."

Participants will get hands-on experience in crime-scene analysis as well as hear from experts in the CSI field. Previous speakers have included medical examiners, SWAT teams, Texas Rangers and a retired CIA
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Contact: Peter Vietti
onrcsc@onr.navy.mil
703-696-5031
Office of Naval Research
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