Tiny Houses
iBlock Objective:

With the world population estimated at around 7.7 billion, concerns rise over issues like housing, natural resource use, and environmental impact. Tiny houses have emerged as a movement and potential solution to mitigate our demands on energy consumption and our lifestyle footprint. Throughout this iBlock, students will explore energy consumption and efficiency, identify ways in which tiny homes can address efficiency concerns, design and engineer a tiny home solution model, and present their models at their very own home show.

  • Grade Band: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • Primary Focus: Science (Elementary), STEM (Middle)
  • Secondary Focus: Math and Engineering (Elementary), Human Impacts and Engineering (Middle)
  • Additional Foci: Advanced Literacy, Transferable Skills, Social-Emotional Learning
  • Possible Suggested Technologies: littleBits STEAM Kit, 3Doodler, Squishy Circuits
  • Related Industry Sectors: Engineering & Architecture; Marketing, Sales, & Services


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Obtain and combine information from books and other reliable media to explain phenomena. (4-ESS3-1)