01/14 Tiny House Yields Big Lessons

Students in South River High School’s STEM program and Center for Applied Technology South

Students in South River High School’s STEM program and Center for Applied Technology South

Senior year means dreams of the future. College, jobs, a chance to explore the world.

Seniors in the STEM program at South River High School in Edgewater along with students at Center for Applied Technology South have taken their final year and turned it into a project of, well, tiny proportions.

Sally Albright and Jake Mondoro are students in Michael Bartek’s Green Architecture and Sustainable Design class at SRHS. Think of them as the Tiny House Ambassadors…

“I like to just give them the tools and let them try to figure out things themselves,” Turek says. “I not only want them to know how to use tools but how to follow plans and use math. We are not only building a tiny house. We are building our future labor force here.”

The adults are quite inconspicuous both in the classroom and at the work site. Bartek and Turek, both relatively new to Anne Arundel County schools, latched onto the project with passion. They have similar teaching styles, opting to let the teens figure things out on their own, then stepping in with important tips or suggestions.

“This is such a great opportunity for these kids,” Bartek says. “They are learning the process of collaborating, how to deal with problems and all while keeping in mind concepts of green energy, sustainability and impacts on the environment.”

The end result will be a mobile and sustainable dwelling, to be donated to Arlington Echo Park for staff lodging or a learning lab.

Read more – http://bayweekly.com/articles/news/article/tiny-house-yields-big-lessons

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Elaine Walker