Young forensic sleuths learn CSI-like methods

SALEM – They prepared “evidence” for forensic testing, learned how to suture using fake skin and even performed laparoscopic surgery – on a watermelon.

Middle school students from Andrew Lewis and Glenvar Middle took part in Camp Healthcare this week at LewisGale Medical Center.

Andrew Lewis Middle School student Allison Shaw prepares evidence for forensic testing at LewisGale's Camp Healthcare. Katherine Chiglinsky photo
Andrew Lewis Middle School student Allison Shaw prepares evidence for forensic testing at LewisGale's Camp Healthcare. Katherine Chiglinsky photo

Along with them were students from Cave Spring Middle School and Hidden Valley. ALMS student Allison Shaw said she enjoyed the evidence collection and forensic testing on Aug. 2 because she often watches the television show, “CSI.”

She and GMS students Nicholas Peters and Logan Means used cotton swabs to collect forensic information from shoes and pieces of clothing.

Kirthika Arrabothu, Morgan Day, Allie Hannabass, Bailey Hannabass, Hannah Johnson, Radhika Patel, Ian Ridgway, Liam Smith, Ashley Sweet and Lyndsey Switzer, all from Hidden Valley Middle School, joined Cave Spring Middle School student Mickhal Clary at the week-long camp.

During the other four days of camp, they shadowed doctors and nurses, treated a mock-trauma patient, and learned the proper way to use a utilize a fire extinguisher.

A total of 22 students took part in this year’s HealthCamp.

– Katherine Chiglinsky

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