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Students from Oneida High School build their own 'tiny home'

ONEIDA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - More than 50 Oneida High School students did a bit more on their field trip than just science experiments— they helped construct a tiny house.

It was a project that was meant to be the foundation of a career, with each student combining their skills learned in different classes to bring the tiny home to life.

“I’m a hands-on learner personally so being out there and hammering out the nails…. and then the mistakes are even better because then you learn what not to do in the future when you mess up,” said 10th grade residential structure student Alex Schmidt.

The project first began in civil engineering, with students submitting their own designs. Then as carpentry and residential structure students worked on the walls, business students calculated costs, and art students created décor.

Students did everything from electrical, to plumbing and hookups of amenities.

“I like this because it includes everything, all the trades... and they can do some things to save some money have some knowledge,” said technology teacher Robert Straczuk.

“I love it so much better than sitting at a desk and writing on a piece of paper. You actually learn while doing something,” said Zach Coleman, a 10th grade carpentry student.

The school will sell the tiny home once it’s completed. No price has been set just yet.

If you’d like to learn more about purchasing the home, the Oneida High School is having an open house on Wednesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m.

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