Navigator students build a tiny house for STEM

Middle school students at Navigator College have been building a tiny house since term three as part of their learning.

The idea was inspired by other Tiny House Projects around the world, with students building the house as part of their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.

STEM teacher and head of middle school Andrew Jericho has been overseeing the project, along with the help of technology teacher Geoff Bayly.

“It’s been great hands on learning, especially for those kids pursuing a trade pathway,” he said.

“The students are in their element and they’re 100 per cent engaged to learn.”

Mr Jericho said it will likely act as an information centre for the school’s outdoor learning ‘Bush Block’.

“It started with years 8 and 9, but its moved into the entire middle school for Projects Week,” he said.

“It’s been great to see students across all year levels working together and learning those different skills.”

The house is built using a mix of recycled and new materials to help limit costs and make it sustainable.

Parents and other members in the community also helped out on the project through donating materials or lending a hand.

Year 9 student Lucy Waller helped build the project, describing it as exciting and really fun.

“There was a lot of trial and error where we had to redo things,” she said.

“We bounced ideas off each other and each person brought something different to the team with their skills.”

The 14-year-old said it was hard at first to see the house taking shape, but now she could see the results.

“It gets us outside and it’s building our skills and doing something we’ve never done before,” Lucy said.

“It challenged a lot of people.”

The tiny house project is expected to be externally finished by the end of this year, with students to work on the interior in 2019.

The tiny house project is expected to be externally finished by the end of this year, with students to work on the interior in 2019.