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Topsail High Students design Skoolies

posted Dec 20, 2017, 10:14 AM by Miranda Ferguson   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 10:30 AM ]

Topsail High Students design Skoolies

Have you ever thought about what it would take to turn a school bus into an RV fit for a family vacation?

Topsail High School students in Mr. Matthew’s Drafting I class are creating designs that can be used to do just that. 

Their converted buses, or “Skoolies,” have to meet a few requirements, including enough beds for each person in their family, a kitchen area with cooktop/oven, living area, bathroom with toilet and shower, washer and dryer, and electricity.

The real-world project allows students to see how the skills they are learning can be applied in the real world, Mr. Matthews said.

“I enjoy design and I have thought about doing it myself, but getting my wife on board with our two children is a different story,” Matthews said. “I just thought it was a cool idea. I’ve been reading articles for eight years on tiny house living… I thought we would try it and the kids have run with it. They asked more questions than any time throughout the whole semester.”

Students also had the opportunity to speak and ask questions to Brock Butterfield via Google Hangout. Butterfield has experience building Skoolies and operates a blog about the topic.