Kickapoo Students Build a Tiny House in the Ozarks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo- A group of Springfield high school students are picking up a nationwide trend and putting their hard work to use and building it. Kickapoo students are finishing up a one bedroom mobile tiny house this semester.

KOLR 10’s Brett Martin has more about where the idea came from.

A Kickapoo High School teacher got the idea from a group of college students over the summer and used two semesters to turn it into a reality. Now, they’ll finish it and their principal will put it to use.

It may be a smaller than average home but this project is having a large impact on some Kickapoo students .

“Its really a game of problem solving because no matter what, there’s going to be issues,” says Justin Thomas, Kickapoo High Senior.

Architecture and shop students are putting the final touches on a fully equipped tiny house.

“I’ve mainly just been doing siding and trimwork and stuff like that,” says Caleb Straub, Kickapoo High Junior.

The tiny house will come with a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen.

“Everything has to fit together and you can’t just do one without the other,” says Scott Dunn. Project Lead the Way.

Scott Dunn says the biggest lesson the students will take away is designing something is a team effort and an evolving project.

“You learn this along the way. There’s the dream in any kind of artistic field, what you think is going to happen and then there’s other people’s opinion and realities,” says Dunn. 

And having the opportunity to see the project go from an idea to a reality helps students learn what it’s like in the real world.

“You have to really work and solve problems and be extremely communicative,” says Thomas.

Scott Wilkerson says they’ve run into some obstacles the class has to work around.

“A lot of things look good on paper but when you start putting wood together and start screwing it together, things take on a whole new look,” says Wilkerson.

Once the tiny house is complete, the students will get a chance to see it put to use by one of their own.

“We never really thought what we had designed on a computer would take, just kind of come to life,” says Thomas.

Dunn says the Kickapoo principal has agreed to buy the home and will live in it temporarily.

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