Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment
Subject Areas: shop, math,
Purpose: to develop the
ingenuity necessary to live in an environment where
you might never have the right tool or the right
materials to do the job right at the right
Bush Shop or How
- Renovate old abandoned buildings in the village.
Have the students:
work up drawings (blueprints) for renovation
mock-up a scale model for replacements identify what has to be
done and what to use to do the job
try to use recycled materials as much as possible;
recycled materials demand solutions that cannot be found in books
try to build without nails and screws.
- Build a structure as livable and functional as
build chairs, tables, beds, bookcases, cabinets,
doors, windows, and chests of drawers
make curtains for the windows, paintings for
the walls, ceramic tableware; can and preserve food for the larder
abandon the notion that it's wrong for someone
to get something for free: while some
may be willing to pay, others may not be able to pay.
- Install alternative forms of energy: solar wind,
seal oil, or wood (build a 55-gallon stove).
- anyone and everything
- Kahn, Lloyd (Ed.). (1973). Shelter. Turtle
- Pirsig, Robert. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle
- Rice, Eb. Building in the North
- Cooperative Extension Service