"Coke Zilla" was an art project created out of recycled materials by a South Eastern Middle School-West fifth-grader.
"Coke Zilla" was an art project created out of recycled materials by a South Eastern Middle School-West fifth-grader.

During science class, fifth-grade students at South Eastern Middle School-West in the South Eastern School District were asked to develop an idea for recycled materials and waste. As part of the project, students gathered all kinds of recycled materials that could be reused in an art creation. The requirements were simple. The project's goal was to recycle waste materials by creating something new. There were three options for the project. Students could create a functional device that has a use, make a three-dimensional model of a larger real-life object or transform waste into a decorative piece of art.

These 3-D flowers were among the recycled artwork created by South Eastern Middle School-West fifth-graders.
These 3-D flowers were among the recycled artwork created by South Eastern Middle School-West fifth-graders. (Submitted photos)

Students were reminded to use safety first. They were asked to use common sense and to only complete parts of this project if there was adult supervision. Parents and guardians were encouraged to assist students if materials required cutting, assembling with a strong adhesive, and use of any other tools. Students were also asked to clean whatever materials that they might use. No food leftovers or residues would be accepted.

Students even created decorative art pieces, musical instruments such as a guitar and drum, and sports-related items such as soccer balls and trophies. Once the objects were created and brought into school, students were required to present their impressive creations to their classmates. Students strived above and beyond the project expectations. Students took time to work very hard on their projects. With the help of teachers, parents, and guardians, these students were able to bring their creative project ideas to life!

This project involved teamwork and collaboration. After following a step-by-step process, students created their projects. As a result, no two projects were the same.