In a unique high school shop program, woodshop students are creating for community enjoyment.
One of the outside the box projects is a small replica of the Hogwarts greenhouse in “Harry Potter” where Professor Sprout grew mandrake plants. It’s a student design selected by class members as the 8 by 12 greenhouse they want to build. It will go to Basalt Middle School, and aid in the biology program.
“You have high school students designing and building for their clients, and their clients are the middle school students in the science program,” said Rachel Connor, program director for the local nonprofit (co)studio. “That’s a beautiful story, I think.”
The idea behind the partnership between Basalt High and (co)studio is to enable students to develop an idea, agree as a team, and then build it themselves. A woodshop teacher is present, and professional architects and builders from the community guide the students. However, they are the ones who do most of the work.
The idea for the greenhouse design was hatched by sophomore Emiley Weinreis as she was doodling in her notebook.