Tope Elementary turns hallway into aquarium

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Tope Elementary School is turning its hallway into an aquarium to bring the aquatic lessons to life.

Over the last week, kindergarteners and second graders have been creating life-sized creatures that you would find in an ocean.

They're learning about everything from which animals live in the deep sea to what they eat.

“If we don't have sea turtles, then the crabs would die because they eat sea turtles, and then the birds would die because they eat crabs,” said second-grade student, Landon Queen.

Students said it’s also a chance to become less afraid of something they aren’t familiar with.

"We want other people to learn more about it, so people don't have to be scared," said second-grade student, Peyton Jones.

This is part of the school's effort to transform to a steam school. That stands for science, tech, engineering, art and math.

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