Cyber Students Get Lesson in Forensics

Commonwealth Connections Academy Holds Hands-On Workshop For Students

DICKSON CITY, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Students from a cyber charter school in Lackawanna County came together Tuesday for a hands-on lesson in forensics.

Most of the students in the room have watched TV shows like CSI but Tuesday morning they actually became the forensic investigators.

"It's really fun. We watch a lot of crime shows and we like mysteries to solve," Grant Lewis, a student at Commonwealth Connections Academy said.

Dozens of middle and high school students from Commonwealth Connections Academy in Dickson City used microscopes to analyze hair samples and check over fingerprints as part of a mock murder scenario.

Their task was to get physical evidence to find out who assaulted one of their teachers.

They were given information about three potential suspects.

"You have to lift the fingerprints, you have to analyze them, you have to check them against all the databases," Commonwealth Connections Academy student Wyatt Lewis said.

Many of the students taking part in this fake scenario say it's much harder in real-life than what they see on TV.

"On TV it looks like they're doing this super quickly, in a few minutes but with us, it's taking way longer," Commonwealth Connections Academy student Allie McLain said.

After a full day of investigation, many of the kids walked away with a new appreciation of what police officers do.

Some also became interested in forensics as a career.

"I think it would be kind of cool to do this in real life," McLain said.

Commonwealth Connections Academy has more than 9,000 students across the commonwealth. The forensics lesson that was presented in Dickson City on Tuesday will be held in other parts of the state in the coming weeks.


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