West Virginia Universitys Forensic Science Initiative is hosting a two-day workshop this month (July 19-20) for high school science teachers interested in introducing forensic science techniques into their classrooms.

The Forensic Educators Workshop will take place at the Crime Scene House complex on the Evansdale Campus, so that teachers can use some of the same techniques employed by real-life law professionals in the field such as fingerprinting and DNA analysis and crime scene photography.

Theyll even learn how toreadtell-tale blood spatters and tire tracks left in the aftermath of an assault.

With the attention our program is getting, plus all those TV shows out there, interest in forensic science has just exploded,said Robin Bowen, a WVU forensic resource associate who is helping coordinate the workshop.

High school students today want to learn real forensic science,she said,and teachers didnt know where to start. Now they do.

More and more WVU students are starting with forensic offerings at WVU . More than 400 students are majoring in the discipline. They hail from 35 states and five countries.

The program has also been featured in media outlets from The Chronicle of Higher Education toTrue Hollywood Storieson cable televisions E! Entertainment network.

A few openings remain for the workshop and interested teachers may contact Bowen at robin.bowen@mail.wvu.edu or 304-293-6214.