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BCI Science School Launches In Springfield At Perrin Woods Elementary School

Wayne Baker

Ohio's new Bureau of Criminal Investigation Science School was launched this week in Springfield with 4th graders  at Perrin Woods Elementary School. Wednesday, Attorney General Mike DeWine visited the school to check on the program's progress.

On Monday, kids at the elementary school were the first in the state to start participating in the program, which was created by the Attorney General's office in order to expose younger students to science.

DeWine is hoping the program will become part of the curriculum in Ohio schools, so more students have a chance to gain the experience of learning about how math and science plays a part in criminal investigations.

"Science can not only be something you take in school, but something you can do your whole life and it can be exciting," DeWine said. "What we are trying to do is get some excitement going here and as I look around there is a lot of excitement and the kids are interested and it seems to be working out real well."

Perrin Woods Principal Dr. Nena Dorsey thinks the program has enormous benefits for students.

"At this young age we're really trying to build their interest in science and math tied into literature, and the program fit perfectly with what we're already trying to do," she said.

Sudents have been conducting hands-on experiments with BCI investigators so they can see how math and science are involved in crime scene investigations. The science school training program at Perrin Woods concludes on Thursday.