Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Boys as Forensic Detectives

Yesterday, after lunch, a group of Saint David's boys came upon yellow crime scene tape and the outline of a body in the art room.

They weren't shocked. 

Earlier in the day the boys had assumed their roles as forensic detectives for a week-long summer camp offered by our school in partnership with the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

In this hands-on program, the boys are using techniques that real CSI experts employ to investigate a "crime scene." They are collecting and analyzing evidence such as fibers, fingerprints, hair, and blood, and learning about pathology, fire science, and forensic psychology through engaging investigations and activities.

I am looking forward to the end of the week, when the boys will explain what they've learned to visiting parents and family members!

Next week, a cohort of boys will explore the issues of slavery and abolition through another camp we are providing at the N-Y Historical Society, in collaboration with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Both camps were launched last year to provide our boys with engaging summer camp enrichment learning experiences.

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