"Camps" for Educators and Young People Hosted by GCC/Batavia This Summer

Genesee Community College is hosting forensic science workshops for adults and youngsters alike this summer. Educators looking for ways to integrate forensic science into the classroom will have the opportunity to attend a four-day Summer Forensics workshop sponsored by Ward’s Natural Science on July 8 -11, 2008 at Genesee Community College’s Batavia campus.

Designed for middle and high school teachers, science coordinators, and principals, the workshop provides ideas for the development of course work that engages students and uses forensic science to foster problem solving, critical thinking, and laboratory skills in all science areas.

Training will be led by Kathy Mirakovits, a Michigan educator who has incorporated forensics into the classroom for more than ten years and has conducted over 20 teacher training workshops both locally and nationally. The hands-on workshop may include introduction to such topics as accident investigation, fingerprints and impressions, DNA techniques, forensic anthropology, and crime scene protocol.

For further information or to register for the workshop, contact Zane Bloom at (814) 720-0171 or by email at zane_bloom@vwreducation.com.

Children will also get a chance to participate in forensic science this summer at the Infotonics Technology Center (ITC) Summer Science Camp, which is holding two workshops at Genesee’s Batavia campus. Crime Scene Investigators: The Case of the Calculating Copycat will run from July 7-11, 2008. Recommended for students entering grades 6-9, the course allows young forensic scientists to help solve the case of a missing teacher by developing vital evidence in a lab and presenting it to a jury of peers.

A second ITC course, Mission to Mars, will be held at Genesee July 14-18, 2008. In this session, recommended for students entering grades 5-8, participants must plan a spacecraft launch to the red planet, design a mission patch, and create and launch their own rockets.

A fee of $275 covers instruction, program materials, lunch, refreshments, and activities. A multiple camp discount, which applies to two or more campers per family or two camps per child, is available for a $25 per camp deduction.

The ITC Summer Science Camp is a program developed by Penn State University. Using state-of-the-art facilities at Genesee Community College, students will spend days in the company of mentors with a passion for science. ITC camps will also be held at Nazareth College in Pittsford, NY and Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY.

For more information call 585-389-5125 or email scicamp@naz.edu or visit http://www.itcmems.com/ScienceCamp/

“We are delighted to be working with organizations, such as the Ward’s Natural Science, Infotonics Technology Center and Nazareth College to bring dynamic programs into our community,” Mike Stoll, Dean of Math, Science and Career Education said. “We hope local students and teachers will take advantage of these great learning opportunities and experience the excellent facilities we have here at Genesee.”

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