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Students in Mrs. Hubbell's 6th grade class show off their comprehensive projects on the universe.

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By ZACK OWENSBYThe Wilson Post

When Southside Elementary School 6th grade teacher Jamie Hubbell assigned a comprehensive project on the universe, she expected good work, but what she got was out of this world.

“The projects the students turned in were so good, I would love to reward them for their hard work,” Hubbell said, an ironic last name for a science teacher. (Think Hubble Space Telescope.)

The project was assigned in lieu of a written test as a summative evaluation piece, to test how much the students learned and to cement the information in their brains, she said.

And it worked.

Students had the option to choose to create a PowerPoint presentation to present to their class, a scrapbook or a children’s book using a rubric as a guide.

“It just sticks in your mind,” student Cole McCorkle said about the information in his project, a creative, unique scrapbook that featured dozens of unique ideas about meteors, galaxies and the solar system.

Blake Cragwall, like many other students, created a PowerPoint presentation on the universe for his project.

“It (creating the project) helps you remember it more,” he said. “When you take a test, you forget the information right after you take it.”

Hunter Hemontoler used what he learned in Hubbell’s earlier Computer Class to create a presentation that included animated pictures, specific backgrounds and sounds.

“Beware: this presentation may melt your brain with awesomeness!” it began.

“I showed the students previous classes’ projects to get an idea about what I was looking for,” Hubbell said. “But this year’s projects exceeded past years.”

One more project Hubbell was sure to mention was the scrapbook created by Bailey Greer, which was completely made by hand, all except the pictures of galaxies she cut out of her own books to include in the project.

Greer said this project was by far the hardest project she had done for school yet.

And one of the best.

Staff Writer Zack Owensby may be contacted at zowensby@wilsonpost.com.

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