Students from Geraldine High School's learning support department have won an award for their map of the world.
The students built a globe out of polystyrene and added felt to its surface to represent countries.
They entered it in Artarama, the annual festival of South Canterbury student art, where judges gave them an award for outstanding achievement. They received a parcel of art supplies for their entry.
The project began when the nine students were experimenting with how to draw circles.
This led them to explore where circles are found in nature, which then led to an interest in planets.
Art teacher Mike Deavoll said he "thought it would be quite a good idea to build a working globe of the Earth".
The students worked on the project for six weeks.
Once it was completed, they used it for geography lessons. They would locate famous cities and then find out information about them.
The project is now on display at Aigantighe Art Gallery but Mr Deavoll said they had plans for it when it was returned.
Since they finished the globe, the students have been constructing different types of moons.
"When it comes back to the school, we're going to drop eight moons around it [from the ceiling]."
Mr Deavoll said they also plan on making an animated video of the globe turning.
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