Education Matters: Classroom Builds Monster

PULASKI COUNTY, Ark. - Some students at College Station Elementary are working on a special project with fellow students from around the world to create a friendly "STEM-centered" monster.

It's a work of art with the potential name of "The Problem Solver." This monster of a different sort would live up to the name.

"It takes away everything that's violent," explains student Shandracia.

She's part of a group of fifth graders that helped create their monster, which comes with a special power that the kids choose.

"Our special power is helping people and stopping violence," adds Dortez.

That's an unfortunate problem we are seeing in Central Arkansas. That's also the case in other countries like Brazil. The College Station Elementary class wrote to students there, sending them letters of support.

Students in Russia, Turkey, England, Poland, Australia, and Canada are among those taking part.

"It gives our students a lot of opportunities to learn about students around the world," says Faye Hanson/Gifted & Talented Specialist.

She previously worker with this project outside the state and brought it to College Station Elementary.

Each school sends in a description of their town, class and school, then describes one part of the monster.

Once all the descriptions are in, each school builds the whole thing.

"This project , mong other things, helps build team-building skills and collaboration skills," Hanson continues.

It's a monster scare that turned into a smile once it was finished.

"It took hard work, and it was very fun to make it," adds Dortez.

College Station Elementary is the only school in Arkansas to work on the project.

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