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ERIC Number: EJ781160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Temporary Housing for the Homeless: A Pre-Engineering Design Project
Schreuders, Paul D.; Salmon, Scott D.; Stewardson, Gary A.
Technology Teacher, v67 n4 p4-10 Dec 2007-Jan 2008
It has been reported by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty that in 2004, over 3.5 million Americans were homeless. While many homeless live in temperate climates, many others live in locations where it can get very cold in the winter. Without adequate shelter, this can become very hazardous to the health and well-being of these individuals. One possibility to consider is the development of a low-cost portable shelter made of materials such as cardboard and insulation. If designed properly, a portable and inexpensive shelter would keep people sufficiently warm, with the only source of warmth being their own body heat. In this article, the authors present a project that requires students in tenth through twelfth grades to design a lightweight, low-cost homeless shelter capable of supporting a family through a cold winter night. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
International Technology Education Association (ITEA). 1914 Association Drive Suite 201, Reston, VA 20191-1539. Tel: 703-860-2100; Fax: 703-860-0353; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A