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Students mix art and science as they explore the solar system

It's a big world out there, but some students in Henderson County were able to squeeze it into a tiny shoebox. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

It's a big world out there, but some students in Henderson County were able to squeeze it into a tiny shoebox.

Some third graders are busy with a science project.

First they researched information about all of the planets, and then they created a solar system model that fits neatly into a shoebox.

The solar system diorama is to scale, and includes all of the 8 planets in the correct order.

The hands-on project incorporates a number of different subjects in one assignment, said Mrs. Wilcox, a Hendersonville Elementary science teacher.

"We're trying to get STEAM accreditation..So that's a big piece, bringing the technology and the arts, ad math and everything into our classroom," she said. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

"I thought it was really fun, because I got to design my planets and I got to make them how I wanted them to look," said Ellery, a third-grader.

Students use iPads to put together a video about their solar system. The edited segment includes important information about each one of the planets.

The students even included music with their video .

Mrs. Wilcox worked closely with the school's art department on this planet project.

Hendersonville Elementary got a grant from the Fine Arts Center in Tryon to cover the cost of much of the art supplies used in the project.

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