At Cardondelet High School in Concord, California, students build more than just futures. They also build homes for migrant farm workers. The 27 girls in the all-girls high school social engineering class, led by teachers Chris Walsh and Kristina Levesque, learned about the complexities that come with construction. They learned about adhering to building codes, about using table saws and power drills, about building quality plumbing systems. And in the process, improving the lives of farmers who struggle to find housing in the midst of a global pandemic. Many of the girls have already involved themselves with DIY projects at home, but many have not undertaken a project of this size. The teachers were happy to let the students be involved in much of the engineering decisions. "Carondelet is always ready to make us do different things, to give us a holistic education," says Lauren Roach, a senior. "I have learned a lot about how things work and how a house is built." Once the tiny house is finished next year, the class offer it to Hijas del Campo, a Contra Costa organization that aids farm workers.

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