QHS geometry students work the angles to build tiny house


For five years, classes of Quitman sophomores have been putting their geometry skills into practice by building a tiny house.

John Herring and Chris Hood’s class, “Geometry in Construction,” learns about geometry then builds a 12 foot by 36 foot tiny house.

Instead of regular geometry, students have the option of participating in a hands-on experience where they alternate between learning geometry one class period then work on the house next time.

“We take what we learn in geometry class and apply to the world of construction,” Herring said.

The class began the project in October, and it should be complete by the end of May.

In the past, the house was built by the students and then auctioned. However, this time a woman bought the house at the beginning of the year, and the students are building the home for her.

Students are building the home on campus and it will be moved to the location the buyer chooses.

A previous principal found the class from a school in Colorado five years ago, and they’ve continued ever since, Herring said.

Herring, who also teaches woodshop classes, said the house is fully functional and ready to move in once the students finish construction. The home has one bedroom and one bathroom.

He added that each of the students brings different levels of construction skills from beginners to those with prior experience.

“They apply geometry skills outside and learn to work together,” Herring said. “The school is very supportive to help us out.”