After the Happyakrz After School Builders program had been established for a couple of years, I was approached by the local district to make an offering for the high school engineering students -- something that would instruct on actual building/construction standards -- something that would give a practical perspective to figurative subject-matter -- something that would have a long-term benefit to the students of the district, while maintaining a sustainable inventory for multiple years of classes.
We started with a single bedroom kit, modified that for the next year, and now we're moving up to a full residential structure for the 2023-24 school year.
If you are interested in adding the Cape Cod House program to your high school engineering classes, please don't hesitate to contact us HERE, and we can walk through the process toward developing a custom program for you!
The Cape Cod House
After watching the students build the Advanced Bedroom Kit (12 x 14), I discussed the option of developing something considerably larger for the residential engineering students. I reviewed a number of basic blueprints, and landed on a simple Cape Cod House layout that perfectly served the needs of the class.
Breaking the house into eight (8) segments, with plans that each segment would be built by a pair of students, the design process began -- a solid project for 16 to 20 students.
STATISTICS: Part Total: 21,780 Length: 35.25 inches Width: 30.75 inches Height: 31.25 inches Weight: 63.2 pounds
The Advanced 12 x 14 Bedroom
The second iteration of the LEGO bedroom added some very key elements to the construction that makes the kit even more of a realistic build for the residential construction lesson plan. In particular, HVAC duct-work, roofing joists, cutaway roofing to show all stages of the roof's development, and exterior sheathing/siding.
STATISTICS: Part Total: 3,085 Length: 18 inches Width: 14.5 inches Height: 22 inches Weight: 10.3 pounds
The 12 x 14 Bedroom
When the notion of a LEGO project for the high school engineering class was discussed, we determined that as a first step, a bedroom with a measurement ratio of 12 to 14 would be a great place to start introducing all of the construction elements needed for residential projects.
For this first phase, I wanted to include several key building aspects, built as they would be in the reality of an actual home, including flooring/joists, framing/studs of all walls, electrical lines outlined to outlets and switches, insulation, drywall, and interior and exterior trim and finishing.
STATISTICS: Part Total: 2,311 Length: 18 inches Width: 14.5 inches Height: 15.5 inches Weight: 7.3 pounds