FLOYD Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Students in Floyd County are taking a lesson beyond their books.
Allen Central High School students are exploring science through a series of classes that simulate real medical cases.
"They will start with human body systems, they will go on to crime research. But it's real life, practical application to where they don't just hear about science, they get to experience science," said Allen Central High School principal, Larry Begley.
In one class in Project Lead The Way students are given medical and criminal scenarios.Their assignment is to figure out how their patient died.
"With these murder cases and stuff, everybody has their own specific DNA, said junior Dalton Lawson. "When you're working with that you can tell if they are they victim of the crime or if they are the person who actually committed the crime."
Part of figuring this out takes replicating the human body using clay.
I'm happy that we've got people who are always exploring new and exciting options to not only make education a little bit fun, but to prepare them for problem solving and critical thinking," said Begley.
The graduating class of 2015 will be the first class to graduate from the four-year curriculum.
"Students growing up in the 21st century need 21st century skills," added Begley.