Two crime scene investigators visited a group of middle school students, and their discussion of police work got kids thinking like a CSI.

Kids Thinking Like a CSI

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In Middle Township Middle School, two CSIs with the New Jersey State Police talked with students about ballistics, splatter, and how police solve crimes. It was all part of a summer program at the middle school to encourage student interest in STEM subjects.

Eighth grade science teacher Tracey Vanderhoff says she is interested in forensics. “Yesterday, the students did lip prints, fingerprints and dental forensics. “Last week, we had robotics, simple machines and beekeeping,” she said.

Detective Sgt. Eric Crain and Trooper Mike Muckley of Troop A, a team of crime scene investigators in Buena Vista Township set up a demonstration of how bullet holes can show the direction of the shot. Students used trajectory rods to measure the distance in the holes.

The students also learned to observe blood splatters, and deduce information about a crime scene from the patterns.

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