Students at our Northfield Campus Build a Tiny House with a Big Purpose
Last year, Tom Witcraft, the Teacher of Carpentry at Y.A.L.E. School’s Northfield Campus, initiated a “tiny house” project to increase students’ experience with STEM and to build their 21st Century Skills. A tiny house is just that – a home that is low in cost and typically between 100 and 400 square feet. While it is only a fraction of the size of a typical American home, it is also only a fraction of the cost, making tiny houses perfect for low-income individuals who may otherwise be homeless.
Much of the construction of Northfield’s tiny house has been completed by middle and high school students that are members of the Tiny House Club, as well as, by high school students as part of their school-to-work jobs.These students are involved in every element of house construction and design, including: planning, framing, insulation, electrical, plumbing, roofing, painting, and siding. Through this experience, Mr. Witcraft hopes to engender problem-solving skills, in addition to helping his students develop a working knowledge of how to handle household maintenance and repairs.
The anticipated completion date for the tiny house project is this coming year. Once complete, the home will likely be donated to a family in need through the nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity.
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