ONEIDA, N.Y. -- For Oneida High School students, instead of doing a project they can take home, a house is the project. They're in the early stages of constructing a tiny house.
Having the task of building a tiny house wasn't something the students expected.
"I thought just more or less like sheds and stuff," said Oneida High School student Zachary Coleman.
“I don't think anyone here was because it just came out of nowhere,” Oneida High School student Lukas Albro said.
Through a partnership with Bear Creek Tiny Houses, these high school students are designing and constructing a tiny house for someone. The tiny house project just began, but the hope is to have it built in June. Once complete, it will be put up for sale with the proceeds going to the school.
“We help with the design process,” Bear Creek Tiny Houses Owner Bill Rockhill said. “We save the learning curve of what the pitfalls are in building your first tiny house, all the things that we've learned in building tiny houses every day, we share with the learning institution, the shop teachers."
The project is bringing together students from several classes. Each class is working on a different aspect of the tiny house that will be 8 feet wide and 24 feet long.
"There's going to be a lot of predicaments that we face with each other because we're not, you can't agree on one thing, but it's taught us to work together,” said Oneida High School student Deena Marji. “In life, you're going to have to work with different types of people."
"I've really gotten to know more people in my class who I wouldn't know,” Oneida High School student Alex Vaccaro said.
"I think it's really cool that there's like so many different areas that everybody can get involved in and do their own pieces and make it all fit into one," said Oneida High School student Myah Burton.
Not only are there students building the home, but there are also students working on the business end and on the house's design.
"It is awesome because I like students being able to do design work, see what they're learning about from a text through the lecture and actually seeing something happen live,” Oneida High School technology teacher Robert Straczuk said. “That's a complete circle and that's what it's all about."
A video class is also getting involved. They're learning how to record and edit by documenting the process on camera.
"If these kids do something else in their life that is not trade-related, that's great, but at least they will have had the exposure of wiring an outlet, of insulating a wall," Rockhill said.
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