If your little sleuths need to search for something other than Santa's secret stash of presents, check out CSI:MTSU's latest camp for kids.
MTSU's Forensic Institute for Research and Education is sponsoring "The Great Christmas Caper," a special mini-camp for science-minded fifth- through eighth-graders, on Dec. 20 and 21.
The young participants will use forensic science to solve a mini-mystery — did Grandma really get run over by one of Santa's antlered crew?
Hours for the two-day camp are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $125 includes lunch, daily snacks and a T-shirt for each participant.
CSI:MTSU camps are held each summer for high schoolers. The camps let students explore career opportunities in forensic science, offer "real-life" support for higher-level math and science courses and help develop skills in teamwork, seeing and understanding details, critical thinking and making presentations.
In addition to CSI:MTSU camps, the Forensic Institute for Research and Education, established in 2006 by MTSU anthropology professor Dr. Hugh Berryman, offers free public lectures featuring renowned forensic-science experts each semester. FIRE also provides regular educational and training opportunities for law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, social workers and other groups in forensic science and homeland security.