LEE CO., GA (WALB) - One Lee County Middle School Student got a rare opportunity to build an exhibit at the Chehaw Park Zoo as part of a science project he began last year.
"Mind blowing," is how Chidumebi Ezigbo described what he was able to do.
As part of a science project 7th graders at Lee County Middle School West were asked to research an endangered species at Chehaw Park and design a habitat for them.
They presented a power point about the species and put together a model.
One student would then be chosen by folks at Chehaw to make their project a reality.
"I worked as hard as I could but I didn't think they were actually going to choose mine," said Ezigbo.
Ezigbo was the lucky student with his Mexican Red-knee tarantula.
Last week he was invited to the zoo to meet with animal care director Ben Roberts.
"I've build a couple thousand exhibits over 20 years, if not more than that, so to have someone come out and do their first one ever out here was really cool," said Roberts.
Ezigbo says for him it turned into much more than just another project.
"I thought it was like that. I thought it was just something I would do but then my project that I did is now going to be shown to anyone who sees it at Chehaw," said Ezigbo.
Science and math teacher Brian Soash says it is the community connection that excites the students. He says it is something they try to incorporate into all their lessons.
"It creates an opportunity for students to be more invested in possibly wanting to go to Chehaw as well as see that what they are learning actually does apply to what they are doing," said Soash.
This year there was only one student chosen to redesign the exhibit but next year they are hoping to have more students involved.