When high school students build a tiny house, they learn life skills as well as practical uses for what they learn in math and science. They also find out about working together as a team.
16 year old Vanessa Diaz had never worked with tools until she participated in Ackerman Academy’s Tiny House Project. Today, she and her fellow students have nearly completed a 216 square foot house with sleeping lofts, hardwood floors, and a slanted roof.
Students worked during the school year to put their math, science and engineering studies into action building a house on wheels that can stand up to shaking and strong winds while moving at a speed of up to 60 mph.
At Ackerman Academy, students with learning disabilities and poor records are able to work with teachers in a small alternative high school program. “These are kids that other teachers ‘gave up on’ and sent them to us. But that’s not how we see them,” said one teacher.