FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GET A CLUE: CSI AND THE SCIENCE OF FORENSICS

 

Q. WHAT IS GET A CLUE: CSI AND THE SCIENCE OF FORENSICS?

This four-day workshop, held during the Massachusetts public school winter vacation week, offers 6th through 8th grade students the opportunity to explore the techniques behind crime scene investigation and discover how forensic science works in the real world.

Students will be guided through the story of a mock crime in which several suspects will be introduced, each having motives for committing the crime. Students will then attend daily sessions to learn about forensic science and to apply their new knowledge to solve the mock crime. Included also are brief lectures from guest speakers and hands-on laboratory demonstrations.

 

Q. WHAT IS THE DAILY SCHEDULE?

Doors open for daily registration at 8:45 a.m., with formal activities commencing promptly at 
9:00 a.m. Programming concludes at 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

REGISTRATION

 

Q. WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP?

Registration is open to middle school students enrolled in grades 6 through 8. Registration is now closed.

Q. HOW MANY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP?

25 students are accepted into the program.

 

Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE WORKSHOP COST?

$475 per student.

 

Q. WHAT’S PROVIDED?

Morning snack and lunch, professional science instructors, a professionally designed curriculum, and all lab materials necessary for a fun, educational, and memorable experience.

 

Q. WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

Payment is due in full at the registration. 

 

Q. IS TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Tuition assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need. For information on how to apply click here.

 

Q. IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS?

Because most attendees live in the greater Boston area, Whitehead Institute does not arrange for student housing. Out-of-state students or those wishing to stay nearby during the workshop may find accommodations within walking distance of Whitehead Institute at the Boston Marriott Cambridge and Kendall Hotel.

 

Q. MAY PARENTS ATTEND OR SERVE AS CHAPERONES?

While we appreciate their interest in the workshop, space constraints prevent us from allowing parents to take part.

 

Q. WHAT IF I’VE REGISTERED BUT CANNOT ATTEND?

Registration for the workshop is non-refundable and represents a commitment to attend all four days of the program. If due to an unforeseen emergency, a student should need to cancel, please contact tremblay@wi.mit.edu to notify us of the absence and/or discuss further.

 

FOOD AND SAFETY

 

Q. WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED? WHAT IF A STUDENT HAS A FOOD ALLERGY?

Morning snack and lunch are provided every day. If a student has a food allergy, please alert us ahead of time so that we can help accommodate that student's needs.

 

Q. HOW DO YOU PROTECT STUDENTS DURING THE DAY?

Students are supervised 100% of the time by at least one adult. Amy Tremblay, Public Programs Officer at Whitehead Institute will oversee the group each day, while two professional scientists and teachers associated with Science From Scientists will lead each of the daily forensic activities. Students are released ONLY to parents at the end of each day’s session.

 

Q. WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS WEAR?

Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and pants. Those who do not adhere to this requirement may be asked to forgo some of the daily activities.

Participants in the Forensics program

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