Chemistry Sleuths Return to the University of Idaho This Summer

Friday, April 15 2011

Written by Steven Nelson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Chemistry Department will host Chemistry Sleuth Idaho (CSI), a day camp this summer for kids entering the fifth and sixth grades.

This year's camp, held June 13-17 on the university's Moscow campus, will focus on forensic science and the tools chemistry bring to real-world crime scene investigation.

"The whole CSI camp experience is motivational to these young people because they are solving the mysteries of a simulated crime scene using equipment similar to what a forensic scientist would use," said Dan Stelck, program coordinator and senior organic instructor in the College of Science.

Campers will get hands-on practice collecting evidence from a crime scene and examining it using a variety of forensic techniques including chromatography, pH and refractive index signatures in a real chemistry lab.

The camp offers a full day of activities. It begins with a lab session at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 3:30 p.m. with hands-on activities.

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The cost for attending the camp is $250 and includes workshop instruction and supplies, supervision, name badge, goggles, a CSI lab coat, lunch, snacks and other cool stuff. Registration is limited to 25 campers.
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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit