15942
Buena Park
CSI: Intergenerational — Investigating Crimes Behind the Tape
Unravel the truth about crime scene investigation as you and your grandchild learn how to lift fingerprints, measure the path of a bullet, recreate a suspect’s face and solve a crime!
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Program No. 15942RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival, Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Introductions
Buena Park, CA
D
Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and pick up your welcome packet which we'll review during our orientation session before dinner. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. All class activities will take place in our private hotel classroom. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel, enjoy a plated meal plus specialty teas, coffee, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

DAY
2
Introduction to Forensic Sciences, Lifting Fingerprints
Buena Park, CA
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll enjoy a buffet featuring an assortment of hot and cold breakfast items plus coffee, tea, assorted juices, and water.

Morning: Our day begins in our private hotel classroom with a lecture from an expert who has been involved in processing crime scenes for years. A former California police captain and forensic photographer will introduce us to Crime Scene Investigation. Tasked with processing a crime scene, a CSI’s job is a vital portion of law enforcement. In this interactive classroom session, learn the “A, B, C’s” or more accurately, the “1, 2, 3, 4, 5” steps of processing any crime scene, including the one that we will encounter towards the end of the week. With our instructor, we’ll learn the intricacies of crime scene investigation. He will guide participants in the right direction as they work to detect the truths and un-truths of the CSI TV show. Human beings, and the evidence they leave behind, are not the only creatures that can help us solve crimes. Working with our forensic entomologist, we’ll learn how insects can play an important role in understanding a crime scene. By studying the insects at the crime scene, experts can often determine a timeline of events about when the crime was committed. In our second morning class, the entomologist will lead a lively show-and-tell discussion using real bugs and crime scene photographs to introduce us to the science of forensic entomology.

Lunch: On the Gazebo Patio at the hotel, enjoy a buffet lunch with dessert plus tea, coffee, and water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: With our instructor, we will continue learning how to gather information from a crime scene by learning how to lift fingerprints. We will practice the same techniques forensic scientists use such as black powder and tape. What pattern are you… loops, whorls, or arches? Grandparents, bring your cameras and avoid wearing white pants.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: With our experts, we’ll combine multiple disciplines to learn how to correctly document a crime scene using notes, sketches, and photography. We will continue to add to your growing repertoire of investigative knowledge.

DAY
3
Long Beach Police Crime Lab, Reading a Crime Scene
Buena Park, CA
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: From the hotel, we’ll take a field trip via motorcoach to the Long Beach Police Crime Lab. We’ll receive a private walk through the busy lab of a prominent Southern California city and get a close look at the latest fingerprinting technology. Depending on the police activity during the day, we may get to see a Criminalist test narcotics and unknown materials to discover if they contain controlled substances.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at a local park including a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie, and bottled water.

Afternoon: Blood found at a crime scene can tell a surprisingly detailed story about what actually happened, particularly when the sciences of physics and biology are applied together by experts. A blood specialist will join us at the hotel and use sample blood spatters and photographs to illustrate how bloodstains help investigators determine geometric points of origin and the importance of proper documentation. The specialist will also describe the limitations of how this type of evidence can be interpreted in a crime scene investigation. Though not unique like fingerprints, footprints have led forensic scientists to evidence that identifies criminals and leads to their conviction in court. In our second afternoon class at the hotel, our expert will lead a hands-on (feet-on!) exercise in this important evidence-gathering technique. Wear fancy shoes!

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Enjoy a movie night featuring a mystery-related movie.

DAY
4
Suspect Recreation, Forensics Laboratory
Buena Park, CA
B,L,D
Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: When using ballistics, one of the most important parts is determining what type of gun was used as well as the bullet trajectory. We’ll enjoy a class led by our expert about how to trace where the bullet came from and the importance it plays at a crime scene. We will then meet up with one of our experts to help recreate a suspect from memory. Working together, we’ll use a computer program to watch the suspect visualize on the computer screen before our very eyes. After class, we’ll transfer via motorcoach to The Outlets at Orange.

Lunch: Enjoy a plated lunch at a local restaurant within the Outlets that includes a sandwich, chips, dessert, plus water, coffee, and tea. We’ll then board the motorcoach for the afternoon field trip.

Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to the Orange County Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in Santa Ana. With an expert, we will use audio devices and explore the computer lab and learn about the high tech realms of crime.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Mock Crime Scene
Buena Park, CA
B,D
Holiday Inn Buena Park Hotel

Activity note: Access to the mock crime scene is limited to 2 1/2 hours per group.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Today we will break into small groups and alternate activities through the day. Using the CSI skills we’ve picked up over the past few days, it is our job to solve a mock crime scene. Each investigative team will receive a 2 1/2 hour time slot to visit the crime scene and use our newly learned skills to determine what happened with the assistance of an on-site detective and forensic technician. Alternating time slots, teams not working on the mock crime scene will have free time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: On your own to see and do what interests you most.

Dinner: At the hotel. Our expert will review each team’s notes and discusses our findings from the mock crime scene to learn how well we’ve applied our week’s lessons.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Criminal Forensics Careers, Program Concludes
Buena Park, CA
B

Activity note: Check-out by 12:00 p.m.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Our final class will reflect on all that we have learned throughout the week and how to wrap up a crime scene. With these skills, our expert will discuss how to prepare for a career in criminal forensics. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and we look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!