Let’s build! REALM outdoor flex space

October 11th, 2012

Yesterday, three shipping containers arrived on the REALM high school site, steps from the door of Studio H’s woodshop. These three containers will be the structural armature for an outdoor flex space our fifth/sixth period students are designing and building. As a program, Studio H responds to the social and economic context of our community, and as a group, we decided that our first responsibility is to our school community. Because of constrained facilities in our new high school location, there is a great need for a flexible classroom/eating/gathering space for students and staff. All classrooms (including Studio H’s) are shared by multiple classes and teachers throughout the day, so we hope to ease some of the burden by building new, beautiful spaces for all of us to use and inhabit.

Starting this week, students will be divided into a few design/build teams: roof trusses, seating, surfaces, landscape, and graphics. Over the course of the rest of the semester, we’ll design and construct each of these elements to complete the space. Our students are quickly developing a wide toolbox of building skills, from tablesaw and carpentry skills to welding, metalwork, digital fabrication, and more. Let the building begin…


Studio H is a public high school "design/build" curriculum that sparks rural community development through real-world, creative projects. By learning through a design sensibility, applied core subjects, and "dirt-under-your-fingernails" construction skills, students develop the creative capital, critical thinking, and citizenship necessary for their own success and for the future of their communities.


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