MCC Offers Crime Scene Investigation Program for High School Students

(Bradenton, Fla., April 13, 2005). - Manatee Community College (MCC) will offer a Governor's Summer Program, Digging Up the Truth: An Exploration into Crime Scene Investigation Theory and Practice, for 24 gifted and high-achieving students in grades 10 through 12. An information session about the program will be held at 7 p.m., April 28, at MCC Lakewood Ranch.

The summer enrichment program for students from Manatee and Sarasota counties is funded by the Florida Department of Education. Participating students in the July 5 through 21 program will discover the parts natural and social sciences play in many different careers. Students learn to integrate skills in order to solve a problem. They work with forensics and computer scientists, law enforcement, a state prosecutor and MCC faculty to learn how to gather evidence and determine if a crime has occurred. A tour of a DNA laboratory and presentations to a prosecuting attorney are planned. Hands-on activities include bullet and trajectory analysis, computer hard-drive analysis, DNA fingerprinting, evidence collection, fiber and ink analysis, fingerprinting and statistical analysis.

The program presents unique challenges for gifted and high-achieving students and promotes their academic and personal growth. Advanced levels of knowledge in mathematics, chemistry and biology are required.

For more information, call (941) 363-7000.


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