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Forensics Lab
Grades: 5 - 8

Learn about forensic science and become an EDMO™ detective! In Forensics Lab, campers will learn about investigative techniques and use chemistry, molecular biology and physics to explore mysteries throughout the week.  Campers will carry out experiments in ink chromatography, fingerprint analysis, DNA extraction, and more. They’ll learn how forensic experts use science to discover the hidden clues left behind at crime scenes and how that helps investigators solve difficult cases.  Discover the unseen world of chemicals, molecules and genetics in this week of inquiry and exploration!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Critical Thinking, Flexibility, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Creativity.  Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method™.

Sample Projects

Strawberry DNA Extraction

Strawberry DNA Extraction

Campers will be using household materials such as borax, dish soap and salt  to extract and unravel the DNA from strawberries. This process is one used in laboratories to study genetics.

Campers will learn about DNA and how genetic information is coded by nucleotides. Campers will also learn about the process of DNA extraction and the various applications, both in forensics and beyond.

DIY Fingerprint Powder

DIY Fingerprint Powder

Campers will create their own fingerprint powder to dust for fingerprints and look for clues! This fingerprint powder reacts with the oil in our hands to make fingerprints visible to the naked eye.

Campers will learn how investigators and forensic scientists can use fingerprints as evidence.  They will also learn some of the ways genetic and environmental factors affect our gene expression and development.

Ink Chromatography

Ink Chromatography

Chromatography helps forensic experts visualize the chemistry of various compounds, including ink. Campers will use the chromatography process to collect clues from a mystery note and identify the specific pen used to write it!

Campers will learn about the process of chromatography and the chemistry of ink.  They will also learn how chromatography and spectronomy techniques translate complicated chemistry into visible light and color and their application in forensics and beyond.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

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8:00-9:00AM AM Program

During our EDMO Pro AM Program, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The AM Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

8:50-9:00AM Drop-Off

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

9:00-9:30AM Opening Huddle

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

9:30-10:30AM Lab 1

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

10:30-10:45AM Snack

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:45-11:15AM Real Time

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have 20-30 minutes of team and leadership building.

11:15AM-12:15PM Lab 2

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

12:15-12:45PM Lunch

Lunch available at your location?  It’s a snap to add a delicious lunch each day! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Packing you own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

12:45-1:20PM Hang Time

Each day EDMO Pro campers will have 20-30 minutes of free choice time. EDMO Pro campers can spend time outside playing games and will also be able to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

1:20-2:40PM Lab 3

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

2:40-3:00PM Closing Huddle

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

3:00-3:15PM Pick-Up

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

3:15-6:00PM PM Extended Day, PM Snack & Free Play

Need a little more time in your day? Our PM Extended Day Program is a great option. While you’re away, campers can enjoy a little more free time with each other and staff. They’ll also have the option to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies. PM Extended Day goes from 3 PM – 6 PM but parents can pick up whenever works for them…but no later than 6 PM please! Our staff needs to get home too.

“My son wanted to continue the learning and making at home! Each night he wanted to do a project and continue fostering creative outlets for his imagination and tinkering!”
– 7th Grade Sacramento Parent