A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18 marked the completion of a year’s worth of work with students designing and building a tiny home at John Sinnott Elementary School, with the help of teachers, parents and local businesses.
The tiny home, a 200-square-foot residence located at 2025 Yellowstone Ave., is deemed to be Project Based Learning, or PBL, in action, in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a question, problem or challenge.
The event was followed by an unveiling of the finished home, which will be used as an extension of the classroom in a variety of ways, such as a reading and writing nook, math center, PBL work area, gardening center and cross-grade level collaboration space
Maultsby said she was grateful to Blach Construction, Delgado Electric, Alliance Roofing, Duran and Venables, The Awning Advantage, Color Pros, the Milpitas Rotary Club, the lead teachers on the project, the district’s maintenance and operation department, and the district’s board of education and superintendent for their help and support.
She added the whole journey could only be summed up with “Wow, what a ride!”
Maultsby said the school dedicated the tiny home to Sinnott’s students and staff so they can “have a ‘cool’ place to be inspired and to enjoy time in this home for years to come.”
She said that classes are signing up to use the space over the next two weeks as the school year comes to a close.
On Tuesday, Sinnott Principal Laurie Armino said she was “very proud of the hard work and perseverance of the teachers and students who were a part of the Tiny Home Project Based Learning team which culminated in our very own tiny home for Sinnott. The lessons learned both academically and beyond will last a lifetime.”
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