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Habitat for Humanity Gives Kids Hands-on Experience

(January 8, 2014) - This fall, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is teaming up with twenty-three North High School engineering students to design floor plans for two Habitat Omaha renovations. In September, both of Dr. Lee Kallstrom's Project Lead The Way Civil Engineering and Architecture classes had a chance to tour the homes and see the space they are working with. Long-time Habitat Omaha volunteer Mark Butler, one of the construction leaders for the renovation, pointed out unique aspects of each, discussing issues with the current construction and opportunities for improvement. The students will finalize their projects this month and present them to Butler.

Butler and Kallstrom developed the idea last spring and knew they were onto something when they saw how much the students enjoyed it. Butler attributes their excitement to the fact that students could actually drive by and see the house they were working on.

This year, the two homes are within a 10-minute drive of North, and students had the chance to see both before deciding which to work on. One is in significantly better condition, but Kallstrom and Butler are quick to point out that while the second may be a challenge it also holds a lot of potential.

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