Reporter: Sally Delta
Lynchburg, VA - Dunbar Middle School in Lynchburg unveiled its latest teaching tool Tuesday.
It's an old fish tank turned watershed zone. The 8 X 2 landscape is a model of the James River and shows the different regions in Virginia.
Rising sixth graders from Perrymont Elementary were the first to check it out. The schools career tech and art teacher created it. The rain effect shows how runoff happens and illustrates how humans impact the environment.
"To be able to see it, hear it, feel it and interact with it instead of just reading from a book puts it into memory a lot better than just reading it," said Thomas Foster, a science teacher at Dunbar Middle.
The project was created as part of the school's 21st century learning center grant. It will eventually become a permanent addition to the school's unique Earth Zone.