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High school students help solve a crime

Published On: Jan 30 2013 02:31:08 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 08 2013 03:00:19 PM CST
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

High school students helped solve a crime Tuesday as part of Viterbo University's annual exploring science through forensics day.

About 100 students from all over the area were given a fake crime and told to use science to solve it. They were told a body was found and they had to comb through evidence like DNA, finger printing and blood spatter.

It helps students learn about science by doing things they may have only seen on TV.

"Everybody watches those shows like 'Bones,' 'CSI' where you get to see them doing it in the lab and now you get to do it yourself. It's kind of a cool experience," said Zumbrota High School Senior Erik Yeakel. "I think it gives them a chance to get excited about science, get excited about forensics and have a chance to see maybe a little bit of what college might be like when they decide to move on to college," said high school biology teacher Ward Jones.

One of the students at the workshop today came from as far away as Chicago.

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