#InFocus: Students at Local School Learn the Fundamentals of Solving Crime

School in Delaware County teaching students forensics.

Newtown Square, Pa. (WTXF) The Students at Episcopal Academy are learning the fundamentals of solving a crime.  FOX 29 Photojournalist Bill Rohrer shares their story.

Felicia Zhu and her classmates are in charge of making the fake blood for the class experiments.

“It is supposed to have the consistency of ketchup,” she told FOX 29.

This is all part of Episcopal Academy’s J Term, which is a two-week term between the fall and spring semester.  It gives each student the hands on knowledge while studying subjects from Architecture to Journalism.

“We got a lot of blood splatter and we have yarn acting as fibers,” said 9th grader Robby Copit.

This is the forensics class.

"It is easier to learn the process when you are actually doing it and not learning it from a chalkboard. We are looking at it taking notes on it recording evidence," 9th grader Robby Copit explained.

“It really sparks an interest and inspires children,” said Head of School Dr. T.J. Locke Head 

You can see the finger print on the middle of the tape.

"To see that happen all over with different subject areas. It is some of the best learning I have ever seen in my entire life," explained Dr. T.J. Locke Head.

Episcopal Academy Science teacher Annemarie Strange is running the forensic class.

"I don’t see myself as a teacher her but as a facilitator. We are learning together myself and the students.  At the beginning, the students are giving the introduction.  So I am learning from them and doing labs with them and it is great," she explained.

It may be an easy open and shut case for 9th Grader Robby Copit and his team. The only thing left to work on is trying to stay clean with all the fake blood.


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