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More than 300 students, parents, staff and other guests gathered in the Six Yellow Wing at Middlebrook to see replicas of Egyptian artifacts made by yellow team sixth graders during the annual Mysteries of Egypt event on Friday, March 18.

"Students poured a tremendous amount of effort into their projects and were proud to present their incredible artifacts,” said yellow team sixth grade social studies teacher Luisa Nanos.

“This event truly highlights the high level of performance that all of our students can accomplish.”

The annual project takes yellow team sixth graders about six weeks to complete — from choosing their topics, researching and writing to creating and finally displaying their artifacts.

Last month, the sixth grade green team held its annual King Tut’s Tomb Experience. Both sixth grade projects focus on the study of ancient Egyptian culture and are designed to give students an understanding of how that civilization developed over time.

According to sixth grade green team social studies teacher William Mathews, the King Tut’s Tomb Experience uses a more focused approach “using the portal of re-creation of King Tut’s tomb,” while the Mysteries of Egypt project “uses a more broad-based approach, focusing on many different facets of ancient Egyptian society.”

Not only do students gain knowledge of the ancient Egyptians, according to Nanos, but they also develop research, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as “an appreciation of the contributions that the ancient Egyptians made — many of which are still around today.”