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There are tons of television shows today that imitate real life crimes.  From "CSI", "NCIS", to Showtimes delightfully gruesome hit "Dexter"; there's something about crime and murder that really get viewers obsessed crimes and catching the bad guys.

West Virginia University is hosting their Next Generation Science Initiative.  This program gives hands-on, laboratory based activities through a series of classes.  Students from middles schools and high schools will get to learn basics of forensics such as fingerprinting, footprints, gun identification, bloodstain pattern analysis, and biometrics.

The classes are free and are 90 minutes long.

Here is a full list of the schedule.

  • Biometrics-Jan. 25
  • Fingerprints-Feb. 22
  • Footwear Impression Evidence-Mar. 22
  • Firearm Identification-April 26
  • Bloodstain Pattern Analysis-May 24

Chris Bily, instructional coordinator, Forensic and Investigative Science, said the classes will give students a more realistic view of how investigators treat crime scenes and test evidence.

"A lot of what they see on TV is not reality," Bily said. "Television forensic science is frequently misrepresented, faculty incorrect and glamorized for television ratings purposes. This will provide them with a hands-on experience of forensic science, and in doing so, it will open their mind's eye to the possibility of pursing forensic science as a career."

To register or for more information, contact Bily at Chris.Bily@mail.wvu.edu