CSI For Students

By Haley Burton

September 20, 2012 Updated Sep 20, 2012 at 6:31 PM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Students at Johnson City High School are now Crime Scene Investigators in the classroom.

There's a new class that introduces students to forensics and gives them college credit.

The course is a first for Johnson City Schools. It's called SUPA Forensics. SUPA stands for Syracuse University Project Advance. If students are successful, they receive four credits at Syracuse University.

"We want to get kids college ready," said Chris Towney, Forensics and Chemistry teacher, "They are so excited to use the tablets, not only because the textbook is on there but they can take notes from it. They can have access the Internet whenever they want it. It's a really great tool."

28 seniors at Johnson City High School are enrolled. Each has been provided with a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 to access their e-textbook.

They are using the built-in cameras to gather data from outdoor mock crime scenes.

"They have to map out the area first and before they touch the evidence they have to take a picture to document it. They have to measure out exactly where that evidence is then they will take that information into a crime lab and do a real accurate sketch of it so the professionals could come in and see where everything was located to see and solve the crime," said Chris Townley, Forensics and Chemistry teacher.

The exercise on Thursday was "Chemistry Lab Gone Wrong". Students were looking for various pieces of evidence outside of items you might find in a chemistry lab.

"I'm actually going to go into the medical field. I don't know what I want to do yet. I think I might do nursing and this is an awesome opportunity through Syracuse University. That is going to look good on college applications and stuff. I am so excited we're doing it," said Justine Clarke, Senior.

"I think it's really beneficial because you get to see what it's like to be in the field and get that experience," said Hayden Smith, Senior.

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