Early College senior helps grow science at Polk Central Elementary

Polk Central Elementary students work with the programmable Finch robot that Early College student Dakota Merrill helped purchase.

Polk County Early College student Dakota Merrill helped share the wonders of science with Polk Central Elementary School students as part of his senior project.

Merrill spent time during the fall semester helping Polk Central fifth grader teacher Andrea Walter with science lab work. Merrill also sold snacks to his fellow students at PCEC to help raise money to buy science supplies for the elementary school.

Merrill raised $420 with his project, helping Polk Central purchase new timers, a large world map, student sets of molecule building pieces and a programmable Finch robot.