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Callie’s Coop: A 5th Graders Solar-Powered Tiny Shelter

This is Callie’s Coop, a solar-powered tiny house homeless shelter designed by a 5th grader — that cost a whole $10 to build.

Callie designed this micro pod for a school project, and I’ve never seen a 5th grader with so much poise describing her brilliant creation. It includes everything from a solar oven to a rainwater catchment system to a composting toilet. And by using reclaimed materials, she kept the cost down to a meager $10 bill. Now that’s impressive!

She’s just proof that you’re never too young to start changing the world. Go Callie! (And big thanks to RelaxShacks for this video).

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Callie’s Coop: A 5th Graders Solar-Powered Tiny Shelter

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • alice h
    March 16, 2017, 12:35 pm

    This kid is off to a good start!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 20, 2017, 11:14 am

      Exactly what I was thinking 🙂

  • Pat
    March 16, 2017, 2:32 pm

    Wow! You are correct–incredible poise for a 5th grader. Awesome build.

  • Joanna Chanin
    March 16, 2017, 5:25 pm

    Very creative! She has a great mind and future

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 20, 2017, 11:09 am

      Agreed 🙂

  • Bernard Droege
    March 16, 2017, 6:26 pm

    Nicely done and presented, but I don’t believe the $10.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 20, 2017, 11:03 am

      I mean, if her father likes projects, I completely believe it. She said it was stuff he had left over. My dad is a Craigslist junkie, and I guarantee we could have made that out of stuff in his basement haha.

  • Patty
    March 16, 2017, 10:10 pm

    Smart and creative child!

    March 17, 2017, 11:02 am

    God! I wish I was there to give her a hug! An impressive and inspirational young girl who will go far! Keep up the good work!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 20, 2017, 10:41 am

      She was so amazing!

  • Janie
    March 27, 2017, 1:58 pm

    That was UNBELIEVABLE. This young lady has a bed, toilet, water and cooking all laid out — including thinking about insulation, heating and cooling. For a 5th grader to even understand the concept of all those things being necessities is already amazing, but to be able to incorporate them into this micro-design is quite impressive.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 28, 2017, 11:28 am

      Exactly! She is quite a wonder 🙂

  • Paul Larsen
    March 29, 2017, 6:40 pm

    Her tiny home is really impressive and well thought out! Also amazing use of recycled material. I see several ideas that could be used in other THOWs.
    Of course being a fully grown adult, I would need one a bit bigger. A thought as well is if her design could be mounted on a small trailer and towed behind a motorcycle or small car? Any how I was really impressed with it! Keep on building Callie!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 30, 2017, 8:54 am

      I love the idea of towing it behind a small car!

  • Danielle DiLisio
    March 29, 2017, 9:39 pm

    What a cutie she is and great job on that tiny shelter!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 30, 2017, 8:44 am

      Agreed 🙂

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