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Partners in Education: Detective for a day

Science and detective work at Oaklawn Elementary School
Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-23 17:46:13-05

OSHKOSH (NBC 26) -- At one elementary school in Oshkosh, students are learning the basics of uncovering a crime scene.

The caution tape, a mock crime scene, third graders are learning what detective work looks like, "the tools, the detective uses, what the detectives actually do, and also how to find out those crimes" said third grader Lawand Kurdy.

With the help of real Oshkosh detectives, students at Oaklawn Elementary School dive into a day in the life of a detective, and apply it to science.

"Oh you know what in the crime scene when they did this, my evidence needed to support my claim so in science my evidence really needs to support my claims," said teacher Zong Vang.

Lawandy wants to be a detective when he grows up, "I'll see crimes like that, it's fun just trying to solve that."

Third grader Taylor Gonzales said she was able to join in on the fun, "detectives take the black dust and put it on their fingerprints and they write about the fingerprints!"

Lieutenant of Criminal Investigation, Brian Schuldes, said this collaboration is a great way to build a relationship with the students, "the positive interaction we have of the young kids of today is incredible, it's pretty neat, I've been in this job for 25 years and to see kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade say I want to be a police officer."

And the impact, you can tell go far beyond this moment, "what do you want to be when you grow up?" "A detective!" said Aubrey Carley.

For more information on the science "CER" program, click HERE.