Summer Programs for High School Students

Forensic Science Institute

XSPP-102 Forensic Science Institute

Course Details


The Forensic Science Institute is offered on the following dates:

July 30 - August 5, 2017


Test your critical thinking skills by collecting and interpreting evidence as you explore the application of science and medicine in law enforcement. Learn about all aspects of forensic science from professionals in the field — including investigators, detectives, special agents, medico-legal death investigators, crime scene technicians, pathologists and lawyers. Interact with federal, state and local agencies from crime laboratories to law enforcement agencies while exploring the extraordinary forensic science resources of the nation’s capital. Topics such as corporate fraud, computer forensics and video forensic analysis will be addressed, as well as the ethical dimensions of issues faced by security professionals including loyalty, privacy and the use of technology in a global environment.

Core Topics Covered*

  • Computer forensics

  • Blood spatter analysis

  • Geographic profiling

  • Medical examinations

  • Gang member investigations

  • Terrorism investigations


Hands-on Experience*

  • Meet with forensic practitioners

  • Interact with guest speakers from agencies such as the explosives lab at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (AFT)

  • Visit the Museum of Crime and Punishment.

  • Hear from detectives who have solved high-profile murder cases, special agents from the FBI's evidence response team and forensic evidence investigators.


Sample Day*

7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Lecture: Introduction to Criminal Law


10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Guest Speaker: Forensic Pathology and Death Investigation

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Visit to the International Spy Museum

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Discussion Section

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Dinner

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Capstone Project: Learning About Lab Analysis of Evidence


9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Residential Living Supervision and Activities

Students are typically engaged in academic programming from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. with free time and optional residential living activities until curfew. Students arrive and check-in on Sunday and depart on Saturday.  

*Core topics, hands-on experience and sample day are subject to change.

Instructional Staff


If you have any questions in regards to the Academic or Non-Academic Programming, please contact


Rodney Parks, Academic Director

Rodney Parks served 31 years in law enforcement, thirty with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. Parks received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He is also a graduate of the 201st session of the F.B.I. National Academy. While with the MPD he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief and served in various assignments from patrol, homicide and criminal investigations commander, asst. director of continuing studies at the Police Academy, internal affairs, disciplinary review, recruiting and human resources units. Parks began his experience as an instructor of law enforcement topics while with the MPD and has continued instructing law enforcement seminars locally and in other parts of the U.S. He is an adjunct professor with the University of the District of Columbia Community College. He has instructed internationally in Trinidad and Tobago and lectured to various international audiences. He has coached youth sports for the Catholic Youth Organization. He is married, a father of four, and grandfather of three.


Daniel Fackel, Capstone Director

Mr. Fackel holds a Bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in Police Science and a Master’s of Science degree from Georgetown University in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Disease.


Mr. Fackel has been working in the law enforcement field as Deputy Sheriff II at Arlington County (VA) Sheriff’s Office for nearly thirteen years with duties ranging from Field Training Officer (FTO), General Instructor to Defensive Tactics Instructor. During this period, he was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan assigned as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Intelligence Officer, and as an Electronic Warfare Officer. He also holds areas of expertise as an Operations Security (OPSEC) Officer, Anti-terrorism (AT) Officer and a Physical Security Officer.


He is currently a Captain (O3-E) in the Army Reserves as a Civil Affairs (38A) Officer. He also recently transitioned from law enforcement to Toeroek Associates, Inc. as a Senior Scientist working for the Department of Defense (DoD).


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