Popular TV shows like "CSI" have propelled the popularity of forensic science to new levels. Wednesday in Sioux Falls, middle schoolers got the chance to play a part.
There was plenty of evidence of learning going on in this sixth grade class this morning. Jackie Beldin, a forensic specialist with the police department, came to school to teach kids the tools of her trade.
"It's not always as glamorous as they show on TV. So I'm here to give the students a reality check when it comes to crime scene investigation," Beldin said.
Beldin broke down several crime scenes she's been a part of, then she asked the students to get involved. The interactive presentation was all a part of technology education at Patrick Henry.
"I think that it's cool learning about finger prints and learning about evidence and all that stuff," student Simon Krikke said.
Students we spoke with say they prefer to learn this way as opposed to a more traditional setting.
Technology education is used to increase student awareness in different fields of industry and technology.
"It's cool because you get to learn about how the crime scenes are figured out," student Elli Ailtes said.
The exposure to real life jobs could spark new interest in some of these young minds. Who knows, we might even be looking at a future investigator.
"Maybe. I'm thinking about being that or a pharmacist or something like that," Krikke said.
Crime lab is one of twelve modules these students will take part in during the technology education course. Others include aviation, engineering and robotics to name a few.