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Fourth Graders Rebuild a Landmark

Students from two local elementary schools have constructed a 3D version of the Eiffel Tower for the upcoming district art show.

It took five classes, 10 weeks and more than 1,000 recycled water bottles but fourth grade students from and schools have constructed their very own Eiffel Tower. 

The replica is for the district's upcoming art show, opening in late April. All classes are under the instruction of art teacher Marian Heffren.

Student teacher Cynthia Scott came up with the idea for the project to fit into the classes' curriculum. They needed to study recycled art and a few other concepts, so Scott said she decided to tie them all into one bundle.

"Group projects are exciting for them," Heffren said. She added they also learned concepts like engineering and problem solving.

The students tooks several steps to make the project a reality. They looked at blueprints from the actual structure and did their own sketches based on what they saw. Then they created clay models of the landmark before starting in on the larger project.

Richboro Elementary students Jessica Lane and Taylor Ciuckis said they enjoyed building the actual tower because it was big.

"It covered the hallway," Ciuckis said.

Jake Yoder agreed, and said his favorite part was the "thrill of it" when it was finished.

"It got me excited to be a part of it," Yoder said.

Both schools pitched in to collect the materials they needed. Each school had bins for water bottles, and the students took the time to remove the tops and paper wrapping on every bottle they used. They used packing tape to hold the bottles together, Scott said.

"Everybody had to pitch in," student Kyle McCloskey said.

The students then went about assembling the structure in two pieces – one at each school – because the finished product will stand 21 feet tall and won't be assembled until a short time before the show, she said.

"They learned about recylced art," Scott said, adding, "They made something out of something that would've been thrown away."

The Council Rock District Art Show will be held at from April 26 to 28.

victoria poretta March 10, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Beautiful job! I think the students will remember this project for a long time... and the lessons they learned while building it. I hope it stays on display!

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