New Rochelle HS students comb woods as part of forensic final exam

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Some New Rochelle High School students combed the woods for clues Wednesday as part of their final exam.

The students are enrolled in forensic science, which covers everything from crime scene analysis to DNA to death investigations.

The final exam uses simulated crime scenes to give an authentic assessment of the students' new skills.

"We learn fingerprinting, DNA, death investigation, crime scene analysis, anything that you'd see in those ‘CSI’ TV shows they learn, but the real stuff that kind of goes along with it," says forensic science teacher Scott Rubins.

While investigators could have days to process a crime scene, the students had just 55 minutes to do everything, from searching for evidence to photographing the scene.

Students will present their case next week in a courtroom-style presentation. And in the end, both the class and the exam are not about solving the crime, but how students approach it.

The course is offered to juniors and seniors at New Rochelle High School.  News 12 has been told that several students have gone on to careers in law enforcement and lab work.

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