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UNI students to unveil tiny house at Sturgis Falls arts and crafts fair

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A tiny house designed and constructed by students from the University of Northern Iowa will be on display for an open house during the arts and crafts fair on Sunday, June 26, at the Sturgis Falls Celebration in Cedar Falls.

Scott Greenhalgh, an assistant professor of technology at UNI, and 15 technology and engineering education students began working on the tiny house project during the spring semester. Their task was to build a fully functioning house with all the amenities necessary in a home, but using the least amount of space possible. The students worked with interior design students to find innovative ways to maximize space, design solutions with multiple functions and improve efficiency in aesthetic ways. 

The goal of the project was to a rich curriculum that integrated various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts, and could be replicated at the high school level. It also introduced students to architectural and engineering design, construction systems and techniques, and in-depth problem solving. 

Greenhalgh and the students hope to find a group that will agree to finance the house and allow them to donate it to a group that will use it to address homelessness. Greenhalgh has self-funded the project up to this point.

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