I’m so excited about this week’s STEM challenge. It seems as though every television channel you view has something to do with DIY (Do It Yourself). This week’s challenge is to build a tiny house. We will start with a easy model based on a fairy tale.
1st Challenge: So the three little pigs are pretty bummed that their house was destroyed when a tornado came through town. Now they have to rebuild only using slabs (toothpicks) and nothing else. Once you have built your house to your satisfaction, you must lay a index card on top and add weight- pennies will work.
2nd Challenge: Once you finish that task- dig a little deeeper. Why don’t you make a tiny house that has at least one complete circuit in it. You can use boxes, masking tape, wires, batteries, and flashlight bulbs. Make sure that you consult an adult when you get ready to wire up your home. Remember to design first- a blueprint will help you get started and keep you on track. It’s okay to make mistakes! FAIL means “first attempt in learning”. Once you finish your project- share out with the hashtag #communitystem and/or tweet to @discoveryed
Discovery Education Digital Media
- Constructing a Prefab Home
- California: Building the Fastest House on Record
- Hurricane-Proof Home
- Tomie Builds
Virtual Field Trips
I encourage you to talk with your CTE teachers at local middle and high schools. They can give you advice on which classes to take while in school. Most of the careers listed below have CTE courses in most districts.
- Architectural and civil drafter or engineer
- Environmental designer
- Electrical design engineer
- HVAC/HVACR technician
- Building services technician
- Sheet metal technician
- Residential or commercial carpenter
- Construction worker