The Owen J. Roberts High School’s STEAM Club took advantage of having the afternoon off on November 21 to put a roof on the tiny house. The Tiny House Project began in October of 2016 as the first project for High School’s STEAM Club. As part of the tiny house movement, an architectural and social movement to live small, the house will fit on a tandem axel trailer base. The project helps build specific engineering and construction skills including architectural planning, project layout, construction techniques, and materials use and repurposing/recycling. Problem solving, teamwork, and communication are a part of each activity as the students actively build a part of the house each week. Many of the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Academic Standards for Science, Technology and Engineering Education (January 2010) are addressed during both the design and construction process.
Construction of the tiny house is a multi-year project with the anticipated completion date as spring of 2018. The student-driven project focuses on using donated, recycled and repurposed materials. The club has collected much of the material needed to frame the house and is reaching out to local community members for donated materials. A fundraiser and Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation grant of $1,000 will be used to purchase items not secured by donation, which could include solid foam insulation, laminate sheeting for floors and walls, screws, hardware, and fixtures.