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Mission: Ignition

A Unique Summer Exploration for High School Students

Mission: Ignition is a unique opportunity for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students to explore new ideas that will spark their passion and creativity. Students will discover new and exciting concepts that will not only put them light years ahead of their classmates, but will also jump start their futures.

This program will take place on August 6-17, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m and will be held on Western New England University campus.

About the Program

  • Forensic Investigation and Trial Skills


    Forensic Investigation and Trial Skills will put you at the scene of a crime, where your mission will be to conduct a thorough forensic investigation and identify the perpetrator. You’ll see the case through to a mock trial, where you’ll be divided into teams of prosecutors and defense attorneys who present the case to a jury of their peers. Whether you spark a debate about the criminal justice system or bring to light an important forensic finding, you’ll fuel your future during this program.

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  • Faculty Expert: Tina Cafaro

    This course will be taught by faculty expert Tina Cafaro. Professor Cafaro was an Assistant District Attorney in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office. Prior to that, she served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Kent B. Smith of Massachusetts Appeals Court. She began her law teaching career in 1999 as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Law Clinic at Western New England University School of Law and joined the full time faculty at the law school in 2001.