There was an active crime scene at Windsor Central High school, with vomit, blood, and pills strewn across a floor. Investigators charted, measured, and catalogued evidence.
But, those investigators were students, and the scene was staged.
“It’s a little taste test about what this class will be about,” said teacher Jeff Nolan. He was referring to a new course, Principles of Biomedical Science.
In addition to investigating the scene, students will analyze DNA, and study the science and body systems behind diseases that may have played a role in the death of the fictional victim.
“We are going to dive deep down to the molecular level,” said Nolan.
After viewing the crime scene, students seem eager about what they might learn in the course.
“I took AP Bio last year and we studied a lot to take a test. In this class, we’re learning the science to achieve a goal. We’re going to learn a lot to solve a crime,” said WCHS senior Angelo Sacco.
The District added the course to the high school curriculum after meeting with United Health Services. The health care provider has 500 jobs unfilled in Broome County. UHS will partner with the District by assisting in connecting the workplace to curriculum.
“I chose this course because I want to go into the medical pathway,” said WCHS senior Nicole Rose.
“This is more directed toward a career,” said WCHS senior Hannah Hill.
After visiting the crime scene, students analyzed what they saw with Windsor CSD School Resource Officer and retired Broome County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Thomas.
“The class you’re in right now is pretty close to what we took it the police academy,” Thomas told the students.
He is the first of a number of professionals who will consult with students during the school year.
“Throughout the course, students will be exposed to over 30 careers, and they’ll have to research and present on them,” said Nolan.
That exposure could allow a fake crime scene to lead to a real career.