Every summer the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine invites high school students from across North America to participate in its Youth Summer Program. From its home at the Medical Science Building, the program offers four one-week modules, each introducing a major medical discipline.
A highlight of the Molecular Biology and Genetics module is the mock crime scene investigation where students collect crime scene evidence before moving into the laboratory to analyze it and - if they've done their work properly - solve the case.
(photos by Jon Horvatin)
The Medical Science Building is expertly transformed into the mock crime scene.
Toronto Police Officer Simon Hubbard takes some time to share stories with intrigued students.
Brooke Fox, a fourth year undergraduate student, performs a UV lighting demonstration for the students. This will be important for solving the crime.
Nadia Malekimoud, a Youth Summer Program student, collects a blood sample at the crime scene.
Students eagerly collect evidence in hopes of solving the case.
The collected evidence will be analyzed in the laboratory at the next stage of the investigation.
The spilled cash on the floor is just one of several pieces of evidence students use to solve the case.
The mess on the table suggests a struggle at the crime scene - and possibly identifies a motive for murder.
As with a real crime scene, all evidence must be marked.
The blood on this handle could help students recreate the murder scenario.
Evidence such as this broken necklace could potentially solve the case - or may be a red herring.
Footprints just like these are spread across the crime scene and help students unfold the order of events.