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MORGANTOWN -

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

Maybe not, especially when it comes to West Virginia history.

For the past four months some Monongalia County fifth graders have been learning about the state in a fun and interactive way.

Talented and Gifted students at North Elementary made a quilt representing hundreds of years in West Virginian history.

"This quilt was part of a unit we did we did on the West Virginia Experience, familiarizing these students with their state that they live in," said TAG teacher Jenny Drainer.

The 4x5 ½ feet quilt is made up of 35 unique squares made by the students. 

From the Brook Trout state fish patch to a beloved pepperoni roll patch, there is something everyone can learn from the project.

"I didn't know how to make a quilt before, or anything about West Virginia," said student Haffaan Qadir.

"Project based learning encompasses skills that are placed on the student's shoulders. They do the learning," said Drainer. "We give them the guidance, we give them the mission and they take it from there. They do the research, they do the planning, they do the organization."

The project began when the fifth graders visited Charleston, and ended when the quilt was unveiled Thursday.

"It was really interesting working with the other people. Seeing what they were doing,' said student Melia Milam.

"That's the deceiving thing about it, because you think that you're having fun, but you're actually learning. While you're being creative, doing your research, and doing some exploring and decision making, your also involved in a greater depth of learning," said Drainer.