Ms. Samantha Masco, Science and STEM teacher, wrote and was awarded the PPL Empowering Educators Grant for STEM Implementation for Carbondale Area. Funds will be used to continue to grow our 8th grade Tiny House Curriculum.
At Carbondale Area, we use the engineering design process to brainstorm, design, and ultimately build a model tiny house. Tiny houses are typically between 100 and 400 square feet. Students will learn about alternative energy sources and renewable resources that can be incorporated into their designs.
“My goal is for students to plan, design, and build a model tiny house, to scale and then have a home show where they will make a marketing campaign to try to sell their tiny homes to local real-estate agents,” noted Masco. “Students will build these tiny house models using the equipment in the maker space. These funds will help students complete more hands-on projects in our STEM class, which will allow all students to gain an authentic understanding of the concepts presented. Students must understand all the career opportunities that are available within this project from the most advanced to the skilled laborers who are essential to building homes.”
The Carbondale Area School District thanks Ms. Masco for her commitment to growing and enhancing our STEM education here at CA to provide all of these wonderful opportunities for our students.