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Local kids build human sundial

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Kids at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison built their own life-size sundial Tuesday.

The project was a combination of art, science and geometry.

The kids made 124 mosaic-covered paving stones in art class and laid them on the school grounds to create the sundial.

When a person stands in the middle of it, their shadow points to the hour.
"Sundials have lots of astronomical geometry built into them, which you're automatically using when you use the dial. So they'll learn about the motions of the sun, both during the day and during the year. And the sun's relationship to the time and seasons," says Jim Lattis of UW Space Place.

The project was funded by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, the Equitable Arts Fund and the Midvale-Lincoln PTO.

Mosaic artist Marcia Yapp worked with Lincoln art teacher Gwen Kong on the artistic elements of the project.

The astronomical aspects were checked by Jim Lattis of UW Space Place and Lincoln science teacher Clare Seguin.

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