Forensic Science Camp

The TAS Forensic Science Camp has been cancelled for 2020. Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.

Dear Forensic Science Camp campers and parents,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that this year’s TAS Forensic Science Camp has had to be cancelled in light of the recommended protocols to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

I know how disappointing this will be for you just as it is for us not be able to welcome you to TAS. The Forensic Science Camp has been running for decades, over that time attracting thousands of young people to TAS to explore the world of forensic science.

Down the track we will be making a decision about next year’s camp including when and how that might be run and who will be able to attend – so please stay tuned.

Thank you for your understanding in these challenging times.

Kind regards

Ms Alice Hudson
Forensic Science Camp Coordinator

For almost two decades, budding young sleuths from across eastern Australia relish the opportunity to solve simulated crimes at The Armidale School Forensic Science Camp. The camp was first held in 1994 and attracted widespread interest after featuring on the former ABC TV science show Quantum. Such has been its success that each year it regularly attracts more than 80 bright Year 8-9 students from Brisbane to Ballarat, and many places in between.

Boys and girls, from both government and independent schools in the city and the country, are divided into groups of four detectives. They then solve fictitious felonies using a range of forensic techniques, including microscopy, chromatography, fingerprint analysis, cryptography and general science.

They analyse the evidence, identify and interview the suspects, order medical and scientific tests and search criminal databases. On the final day of the camp, a local magistrate conducts a ‘court case’ in which the teams had the chance to convict their suspect. The scenarios are developed by ‘Camp Controllers’, former participants who lead the camp.  Scenarios use procedures including blood typing, fibre testing and soil analyses to solve a range of crimes, from theft to vandalism and murder.

Participants develop skills in logic and organisation, using technology and forensic science – and it’s a whole lot of fun. However, it is not so much about criminology as about giving bright students an irresistible platform in which they learn how to use logic and organisation to solve complex problems, in groups.