Building a home in the classroom
Huntly College trade students are set to take on the mammoth project of creating a shipping container home.
Engineering tutor Hiki West and woodwork tutor Murray Pretorius have put their heads together to provide the learning opportunity.
West said he had already worked on some containers but this was the first time students would be involved.
The planning started with former principal Tim Foy and it has only recently come into fruition. With a container already at the school, the project is set to take several months.
Though it will only be a prototype, the students’ work will be counted as credits towards unit standards. However they can’t start until a fence is built around the container to meet safety protocols.
It’s another project the students can be involved in, but they need funding to buy the materials and are currently looking for sponsors.
The engineering students have been working on rebuilding motorbikes and other skills like welding, throughout the year.
But this will allow them to learn more and put their knowledge and skills into an extensive project, he said. They will be doing everything themselves including insulation.
‘‘The idea is to eventually put it on TradeMe and sell it.’’
But he’s hoping to make it into a yearly class project.
The aim is to build on their skills however it could expand into a business providing residents with more cost effective housing, West said.