Students at Marina High School got a glimpse of the real world of construction.
They built a house.
More than two dozen industrial technology students spent almost two months planning, constructing and putting together the 16-by-16-foot studio apartment-like house, in what turned out to be a project that brought the whole school together, said building and construction teacher Bob Meade.
"It was a good goal to achieve," said Joey Martin, 17, who built the walls of the house. "It took a lot of weeks and time to build all the walls and make the concrete. And it took a lot of people working together. It's nice to see everything coming together and people working together."
The school is the only one in the district that offers a full line of industrial technology classes, which include welding and auto shop, said Principal Paul Morrow.
"It's a valuable skill for our kids," he said. "They finally get to see what math does for them and why reading is important. It's a good meaning to their learning."