A student at the La Crosse Design Institute was recently awarded a $3,149 “Wish List” grant to support her 8th-grade project on Earthships.
Faith Yang has been studying Earthships as part of her work at LDI, which is a project-based learning school where students take responsibility for much of their own learning.
Earthships are passive solar houses that use renewable energy. Faith is planning to create an 8-foot-by-4-foot-by-3-foot real-life replica that would be fully functional. Her grant will cover the cost of materials, and allow Faith to travel to Taos, New Mexico — where she will stay in an Earthship for about a week. She will take photos with a 360-degree camera so she can create a simulation with LDI’s virtual reality set (purchased last year with an LPEF grant).
Faith will be accompanied by her father, who will pay his own travel expenses.