Green and Tiny Houses


Designing a sustainable energy house for a specific biome.

Science Domains: Life Science, Physical Science

NGSS Standards: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-5, MS-PS3-3, MS-PS4-2

Project Poster

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Learning Objectives

Students will investigate different biomes of the world, then design and build the model of a sustainable energy house for a specific biome.  They will learn the concepts of area, perimeter and geometry, understand how building materials affect heating and cooling, and explore energy and water management. The students in this class presented their tiny house model to a “shark tank” of experts in engineering, construction, HVAC, and meteorology to judge the sustainability of their design for the given biome.

Project Materials

  • 3D Biome lesson plan
  • Mini solar panels
  • Solar car kit
  • Hydroponics lab
  • Passive solar lab
  • PocketLabs
  • LED nametags