Mass. kids and hobbyists invited to design/build a green play house
Submitted by Susan Reyes
Looking for an engaging, hands-on educational activity?
Enter the Massachusetts Green Dollhouse Challenge!
Individuals and teams of all ages, including K-12 or college students, families, and even professionals, are invited to design and build a model dwelling and/or landscape up to one cubic meter in size, featuring aspects of sustainable living and ideally incorporating elements of experimentation or playability. An existing model, such as a dollhouse, can also receive a make-over or energy retrofit. The project is well suited to youth groups, technology and engineering courses, after school clubs, home-school families, hobbyists, builders, dreamers and architects.
Participants will display their model at the Science and Sustainability Expo to be held at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA in the Spring of 2013, exact date TBA. Jurors will offer thoughtful feedback and participants can potentially receive non-competitive awards for achievement and excellence in one or more categories such as aesthetics, computer aided design, electrification, energy efficiency, innovation, re-use or several others. More award categories, information and rules can be found on the web site:
Or e-mail [see e-mail image].
Images are from the 2012 Massachusetts Challenge, held at Greenfield Community College, showing a house built by several Girl Scouts with many green attributes, a green RV, and a demonstration home from the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.