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High schoolers construct tiny house in class

Posted at 4:59 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 20:37:47-04

A Horseshoe Bend High School teacher is taking the lessons outside of the classroom, by leading his construction class as they build a tiny house from the ground up.

Eric Moore has been leading his students through the project each year for the last three school years.

“We start really at the basics,” Moore said. “We go from safety to shop tools, then we do mechanical drawings and we learn how to draw it.”

From there, the students figure out the cost for total building materials as if they were a contractor themselves.

“In between each section like framing, we'll have a week or two in the class where we'll talk about framing and how it's done, and all the codes,” Moore said. “A lot of times I'll try to get visitors in here for them.”

The hands-on atmosphere teaches the teens about teamwork, and serves as a nice alternative to traditional classroom learning.

““I’m more of a hands-on worker,” junior Dace Huston said. “I enjoy this kind of work better than just sitting around. It’s kind of a break from conventional school and kind of helps reset your mind almost.”

At the end of the school year, the house goes up for auction and the money goes back to the program to fund supplies for next year’s house.

If you’re interested in checking out the house, stop by Horseshoe Bend High School at 398 School Drive, Monday through Thursday and tell the front desk you’re interested in the tiny house auction.

The silent auction will close around May 19, when Mr. Moore says they will select a winner.

You can contact the school at:  208-793-2225