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Spring Street International School students recreate the solar system in papier mache

From top, Jed Lewis, a ninth-grade student at Spring Street International School, plays Atlas with a scale model of Jupiter made by his physics class, and for comparison holds the world in his hand. - Richard Walker
From top, Jed Lewis, a ninth-grade student at Spring Street International School, plays Atlas with a scale model of Jupiter made by his physics class, and for comparison holds the world in his hand.
— image credit: Richard Walker

Chuck Schietinger's physics students at Spring Street International School have recreated the solar system with scale models of the planets.

The planets — each suspended from a wood tripod — were displayed Dec. 7 along Spring Street in downtown Friday Harbor, but Schietinger said he was notified by the Town of Friday Harbor that a permit was required. The planets were moved to school grounds.

Each planet is made of papier mache and took a few weeks. Students used balloons as a base for the larger planets; they started with Jupiter.

Students participating in the project: Elly Chan, ninth grade; Starla Cosgrove, ninth grade; Caleb Cunningham, ninth grade; Dasuni Gurusinghe, 12th grade; Lenora Johnson, ninth grade; and Jed Lewis, ninth grade.

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