Do you think creating a tiny home on wheels should be affordable and accomplishable for the average person, and even the average high school student? That’s what the creators of The Collaborative Tiny House Project believe, and they’ve put together a Kickstarter campaign to make it happen.
Jesse Anselm, one of the Collaborative members, was a student at Riverside High School in Chattaroy, Washington who took part in an integrated curriculum that taught students to build a tiny house during the school year, and then sell it at cost to pay for materials for the following year’s class to build a new house. The course taught Riverside Students teamwork and skills in the trades, in addition to earning them academic credit in math, science and English. Architect Saul Hansen volunteered with the class, helped brainstorm the Collaborative with Anselm, and together they brought on additional team members with specialties in the construction trades, and with video and photography.
Group Teaching Schools How to Build Tiny Houses
The Collaborative is now raising money to document, improve and share this curriculum with additional schools and with individuals. If successful, their Kickstarter will pay for materials for a new house they can fully build, carefully document, and then give away for free to someone nominated on their website!
Here’s a video about their project, and the give-away:
They’ve just added a new series of Kickstarter rewards that include everything from art and affordable tiny house plans they’ve developed with Brad Kittel of Texas Tiny Houses, to a full video tutorial series on how to build a tiny house, to one-on-one phone consultations and in-depth custom design help like 3-D modeling.
Their site describes their goal as, “To empower high schools across the nation with the opportunity to offer this curriculum to their students, to enable them to deeply connect with their communities, and learn invaluable life lessons along the way.”
That sounds like something worth supporting to me. Engaging school students with an interesting, hands-on and practical project like building a tiny house is a great way to teach useful skills they can use to build a stable financial future, and to understand that there’s a huge spectrum of places and spaces that people call home. My appreciation goes out to the Tiny House Collaborative team for undertaking this work and trying to find a way to share it more widely with schools and people around the country.
You can learn more on their website, including where you can nominate someone for their FREE tiny house giveaway! And, of course, check out their Kickstarter to see the full list of rewards. After all, if they don’t reach their goal they can’t build a tiny house to give away!
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