HOUSTON – From fingerprint lifting to gathering shoe and tire impressions, hundreds of Dare to Dream scholars met to get up close and personal with FBI agents and test out real CSI equipment.

Dubbed “CSI Day,” the students took part Tuesday by visiting several discovery stations set up by the FBI’s Evidence Response Team at Atherton Elementary School.

Giving these students a chance to learn the steps and process of gathering evidence at crime scenes.

“It’s really different actually than movies, in real life, because it shows how it actually works,” Madison Furch, 10, said.

Like the name, the Dare to Dream program aims to inspire children to dream big and appreciate science.

“It is to get these kids to think about what they want to do in the future, and then provide those tools that allow them to get there, the main tool is education, and these days we’re really pushing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education,” said Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. astronaut and founder of the Harris Foundation.

The students even got a chance to see the inside of an FBI’s mobile command center.

This program is now in its 10th year, and the event is held once every school semester.