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A Nice School Project

Last Friday,the local schools have closed for the summer vacations.

Every year, the students work on a project, to build something using only natural materials.

They are not allowed to use plastic, or other polluting items.

This year they have created a large tent using only wooden poles and large jute coffee bags.

They have worked a full week. The tent is large enough to give shelter to 40 people.

You can see the final result looking at my photo.

The student have started the tent putting the perimetral poles, from there they have added the beams to support the roof.

On the roof, they have put large cotton sheets treated with a mix of beeswax and linseed oil to make them waterproof.

As a final step, the jute bags were nailed to the poles to cover the tent.

The floor is made with wooden planks covered with sand.

I have stepped inside the tent during a hot sunny day and I was surprised how fresh it was and it even smelled good due to the natural wood and the beeswax.

I think the students made a good work. I appreciate that our school teaches how to use natural materials for the constructions.

Does your local school have projects like this?

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nbaquero wrote on June 29, 2014, 6:36 AM

LadyDuck This is a great project, for many reasons, but mainly because kids learn social responsibility.

LadyDuck wrote on June 29, 2014, 9:00 AM

I agree, at least they learn how to use what they can easily find to create an object from scratch.

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 29, 2014, 10:38 AM

If our area has projects like this, I've never heard of it before. Course, I don't get the daily paper nor keep up on all the events. I do know that we have something called Habitat for Humanity. I don't know whether this is something many communities in America has or not.

In our area it provides homes for those less fortunate. If the new owners are able they are expected to help build their home along with other volunteers from the area. Our schools also build such homes as part of their classes that teach construction skills. The school I attended didn't have that class, so I don't know the name of it.

We'll be washing windows for one done this year. I may ask and then write something about it later,maybe. emoticon :winking:

MarshaMusselman wrote on June 29, 2014, 10:39 AM

By the way, did you mean for this to be in the animal category?

MaeLou wrote on June 29, 2014, 1:55 PM

That is a pretty neat project. Teaches kids a bit of responsibility in the same aspect!

ohcaroline wrote on June 29, 2014, 1:57 PM

They did a great job on the structure. I'm sure it will be put to good use.

AbbyBiha wrote on June 29, 2014, 8:19 PM

What a great project and they are also made of environmentally friendly materials and no plastic. I guess every school should emphasise on going green.

LoudMan wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:04 AM

Seeing this makes me want one, too. :D It would be great for camping.

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:46 AM

Thank you Marsha, I still have not the habit to post on this site, I always miss to change the category.

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:56 AM

I do not think there are homeless here in Switzerland.The Municipality builds houses for people with a minimum income.
Students have to learn the basic of "surviving" in case of major catastrophes, so they need to know how to build tent, start an open fire and so on.

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:57 AM

They teaches kid to survive if they should face a major disaster (quake, flooding etc.).

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:57 AM

This work was made by teens from 12 to 15 year old, they did a good job.

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:58 AM

I appreciated that they teached to skip artificial materials that are also dangerous for the environment.

LadyDuck wrote on June 30, 2014, 12:58 AM

I would love to build one in my garden, it's so cute.

DorothyGale wrote on July 3, 2014, 10:05 PM

What a great project for the kids, and they did a wonderful job on it. Very innovative. I haven't had kids in school for quite a while, so I'm not sure if the schools do any of these kinds of projects.

quickchai wrote on July 8, 2014, 8:49 AM

that's wonderful.. it teaches the kids about the value of hard work, seeing a great finished product like that and it teaches them to value nature and the ingenuity for them to come up with materials to use that will make the tent sturdy and weather-proof..
Good job indeed!

BigDreamer wrote on July 10, 2014, 10:26 AM

Wow! That is a great school project.
I would love to be involved in something like that.

AdrienneJenkins wrote on July 10, 2014, 10:39 AM

Thanks for sharing this photo and cool story. The structure itself looks very sturdy. It's amazing what good work they did given the limitations. Very impressive.

bad_cheetah wrote on July 10, 2014, 8:12 PM takes a lot of hardwork..and teamwork..and old are the students by the way?

VASS wrote on July 11, 2014, 4:09 PM

I wish our local schools had projects like this one. Very cool.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:34 AM

I know that in my native country (Italy) we never did something like this and they still do not.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:35 AM

I agree, the children had the satisfaction to see a "finished product" that they were able to use to host their end of school party.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:36 AM

The result was very good I am so sorry that they are removing the tent now.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:37 AM

I was impressed by their hard work. I am glad that they still teaches how to use natural materials to build shelters.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:38 AM

The student that completed the tent were from 12 to 15 years old.

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 1:39 AM

In Italy I have never seen something similar. At least when I was a kid they teached girls how to sew.

Ruby3881 wrote on July 13, 2014, 4:58 AM

What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing this, Anna. Our local high school encourages students to do community service 2-3 times each year. The classes are cancelled for a half-day, and the students head out to a number of different projects in the community - from helping at the library or one of the churches, to repairing fences at the animal shelter or the therapeutic riding facility. But I've never known any of the schools to create a project like this! I wonder if maybe the reservation's independent school might do something like this with all natural materials? Our youngest will be going there next year, so I guess we'll find out :)

LadyDuck wrote on July 13, 2014, 5:21 AM

Helping in libraries and churches is great too. It is good to know that children learn to be helpful to others.

Porwest wrote on July 22, 2014, 5:09 PM

This looks like an interesting project to be sure. I don't remember doing anything at all like this when I was going to school.

Akshar wrote on December 16, 2014, 12:45 PM

wow! a wonderful idea by children.. looks great for a summer camp emoticon :smile:

momathome wrote on January 2, 2015, 7:49 AM

That is so very cool that the school does that! I haven't heard of any projects from schools around here that do anything similar, of course the schools here mainly do sporting things and not much else.

RuthCox wrote on January 3, 2015, 6:10 PM

It is wonderful to read that students are being educated about environmental issues and are encourage to actually do something positive for the neighborhood and environment as well. Having no school-aged children, I have no idea what goes on in our school here. It's a small rural community, one school for all twelve grades.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 3:38 AM

The local school has similar projects every year, this is what they do in Summer.

LadyDuck wrote on January 4, 2015, 3:39 AM

I live also in a small rural community and I have no children and grand children, but our municipality keep people updated about what students do. Here in Switzerland they are very sensible about environmental issues.

momathome wrote on January 4, 2015, 4:37 AM

LadyDuck That is wonderful that the school does have those, I just wish ours did, too. None of the schools I've ever heard of do anything like this.