More than 50 middle and high school students were invited to WVU Tech's Forensic Investigation Summer Camp to explore different areas of forensic study on Monday.

During the four-day camp, students will expand their knowledge of evidence, courtroom proceedings, pathology and more.

Kassidi Richardson, 14, of Beckley said curiosity about crime scene investigation led her to attend the camp. 

"I've always been kind of interested in forensics and thought it would be kind of cool," Richardson said. "I like that you can find evidence from basic things at a crime scene."

On day one of the camp, the students tried their hands at lifting fingerprints from different surfaces and labeling different sections of the fingerprints by certain differentiations. 

Thankful to have the help of Tech students currently studying forensics, camp director Roger Jeffreys said his favorite part of the camp is watching students have a good time. 

"It takes a collaborative effort to bring all of this together," Jeffreys said. "I love seeing students learning and enjoying themselves." 

Students will spend the rest of the week examining fractures, reconstructing crime scenes and learning about forensic pathology, investigative intelligence, digital evidence and courtroom testimony.

Representatives from the Beckley Police Department and the FBI will also teach courses during the camp.

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