Summer Camp at U of G Focuses on Forensics, Space Exploration

July 20, 2009 - News Release

Enjoy a good mystery?

Summer campers can put their crime scene investigation skills to work at a new specialty camp being offered on the University of Guelph campus. The Creative Encounters Forensics camp is geared toward students entering grades 7 to 9 who are interested in learning the fun and exciting ways that science and technology are used to put facts together to solve crimes.

“Campers will learn to analyze handwriting, dust for fingerprints, and examine blood spatter patterns in an effort to determine which staff member committed the ‘crime’ by the end of the week,” said Creative Encounters co-director Lauren Prisco. “They will also have a chance to hear real-life stories as our camp will be visited by an Ontario Provincial Police detective who has vast experience with crime scenes and forensic analysis.”

Forensics camp runs for three weeks this summer starting on July 20, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24. There are still spaces available in the last two sessions, Prisco added.

Creative Encounters is also celebrating the Year of Astronomy by offering Blast Off! camp for children entering grades 4 to 6 who are interested in space. Campers will be busy with their simulated “mission to Mars” with each task completed during the week helping their progress. Campers will try to safely land their egg on mars, explore the planet with custom made Mars rovers, and take part in two rocket launches during the week.

Spaces are still remaining for the last two sessions Blast Off! this summer starting July 27 and Aug. 17.

Creative Encounters is part of a national student-run organization that offers science, engineering and technology camps for youngsters through the U of G's School of Engineering.

For more information, contact Prisco at 519-824-4120, Ext. 53045 or or visit

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1