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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL)-- Teen detectives are on the scene in Cedar Falls.  Seventh , eighth, and ninth grade students are working to solve crimes on UNI's campus, but no real crimes have been committed,  instructors are making it look that way.

It's something you see nearly every night in prime time television on shows like CSI and Cold Case.

People are taking an interest in forensic science and a group of students at the University of Northern Iowa are learning what it really takes to solve crimes.

"The whole idea is we have a crime scene and it's in one of the offices down the hall," said crime solving camper Audrey Flack.

The University of Northern Iowa's McCollum Hall is the scene of a crime, but with the help of the UNI science department, student crime-solvers are working to find out "who did it."

"We know the students watch CSI. We know they watch Cold Case Files and we also know that those were great on TV, but that's not the real world of crime solving. So we devised the camp to give 7th, 8th, and 9th graders a real taste of crime scene investigation," said UNI science education professor Cherin Lee.

From finger printing to blood splatter analysts, they'll use the skills learned here to crack the mystery and eventually figure out who committed the crime.

It's hands on experience helping students realize forensic science goes far beyond the reaches of television fiction.

"It's kind of amazing that they actually use this stuff we are doing to put people into jail because if they did something wrong and help other people's families," said Flack.

This crime solving camp continues through Friday when they will spend the day in court to finally figure out who did it.

This is the first year UNI has organized this camp.

Camp organizers say if they see a big interest they will put it on again.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough

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