Forensic Files Goes to the Schools

Court TV will implement the next phase of its multi-phase Forensic
marketing campaign next month: a national forensic science curriculum
for high school chemistry classes.

Teachers can pick up lesson plans, brochures and other materials from Court
TV after Labor Day, by contacting network or affiliate officials directly,
logging onto the channel's Web site ( , or communicating with the
National Science Teachers Association and the American Academy of Forensic

Court TV also will sponsor the American Academy's next forensics education
conference, taking place Oct. 25 through Oct. 27 in New York.

More than 100 teachers are expected to be there and get a briefing on the
curriculum at that time. Court TV may sponsor additional Academy conferences in

In the lesson plans, students can try to solve up to three mysteries
involving forensic techniques.

The material may be used in association with Forensic Files, the channel's
hit weekly series, and/or Mobile Investigation Unit, a traveling exhibit put
together by Court TV that ran in 20 cities across the country, including its
final engagement of 2002 at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

'Science teachers will embrace this enthusiastically,' said Gerald Wheeler,
executive director of the teachers association, on hand at the Children's Museum
for a project-themed press conference.

Cable in the Classroom will be involved in the campaign, and Court TV is up
for a CITC grant to get material out among as many schools and teachers as
possible, said Court TV senior vice president of marketing Evan Shapiro.

He termed the campaign's cost 'relatively inexpensive.'