Looking for a new channel to engage students in math, social studies, writing and/or presentation skills?
Interested in creating a class project to bring some excitement to the cold, short winter days?
Habitat for Humanity of Delaware Valley’s Build A House, Build A Dream Contest for Kids may offer you both! Since 2002, more than 5000 fifth grade students from 750 schools throughout the Delaware Valley have participated, and the contest has raised over $550,000 to help support Habitat’s regional homebuilding initiatives.
Join the Build A House … Build A Dream Contest!
The contest challenges fifth grade students (individually or as a small team) to build three dimensional, model “dream homes”, and present their homes to our judges at the event. Participating students’ imaginative, colorful designs reflect their far ranging interests and the issues that concern them. Adults involved learn a lot from these impressive kids too!
Both students and teachers have found it a fun way to learn and teach various topics, such as:
Social and Environmental Studies—Finding the inspiration for their design creates research opportunities into current events, environmentally friendly building, their own heritage, and other cultures.
Math—Building a proportionate home within the size restrictions helps students practice their math skills through measurement, conversion, and basic addition and subtraction. It also demonstrates the need for these skills in daily life!
Writing and Presentation Skills—Composing a short essay describing their home and making a brief oral presentation of their home to our volunteer judges helps students practice their communication skills.
Habitat for Humanity of Delaware Valley’s Twelfth Annual Build A House … Build A Dream Contest for Kids will be held at:
Villanova University on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
On Saturday, March 21, 2015, the Twelfth Annual Build a House…Build a Dream! Contest for Kids
will be held at Dougherty Hall at Villanova University. You and your partner must arrive together, with your completed house, between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. There will be an opening ceremony at 9:35 a.m. and the contest judging begins promptly at 9:45 a.m. At least one adult should accompany you, and plan to stay with you for the duration of the event.
Judging will begin at 9:45 a.m. You should be standing next to your house at that time. If your house is not selected after the first round of judging you may leave your house in the Contest area and watch the next 2 rounds of judging. Children can leave upon elimination if they wish to do so. When you leave, you must take your house with you.
Be prepared to discuss your entry with the judges, who are building professionals. Bring two copies of your essay that describes in 100 words or less (neatly handwritten or typed) your entry and any features that you would like to draw to the judges’ attention. Explain why this is your dream house. Tell us something about you and your partner, and describe the type of house you would like to build and live in if there were no limits.
The Awards Ceremony will take place at approximately 12:45 p.m. All contestants are invited to attend. Finalists may be asked to leave their houses with Habitat for Humanity for an extended exhibition in another public location.
Directions and a campus map can be found at: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/services/conferenceservices/directions.html
All participants should plan to park at the St. Augustine Center Parking Garage. (right off of the Ithan Road entrance) This is #46 on the campus map. Volunteers will be at the parking garage to assist with directions and getting the houses to Dougherty Hall.
By entering this Contest, parents and guardians are allowing photographs of their children to be taken and used for publicity and/or news purposes.
Find out more about the contest:
- View Curriculum Guide for Teachers
- View information form for Students
- Contact us at: 610-384-7993, ext. 17