Des Moines Register
Luke Thill from Dubuque, Iowa, is quite a resourceful 13-year-old teen. Despite being so young, he's a determined young man, but whenever he gets bored, he doesn't resort to going online to check out his Instagram page. Oh no. He copes with his boredom in an incredible way! One summer, he decided to build his very own house in his parent's backyard. Let that sink in! But his project blew up in ways he could've never imagined.
Not Your Average Kid
Remember when you were a teen and all you could think about was coming home, getting your homework done and then playing video games with your friends? We’re sure Luke’s friends were busy doing that, while he was building his dream home. And it paid off!
If you've ever seen kids at play, then you probably know they're fascinated with building things, so it's not surprising to see children breaking their toys apart just to see how everything works on the inside. That's one of the best moments to encourage them to try building something new. It doesn't matter if they fail, as there is no "right" or "wrong" way to do it.
Kids will soon learn that one single problem can have many solutions, which coincidentally is also the very basis of engineering. Breaking things down and putting them back together is seriously one of the best ways to learn how things work. So when Luke told his parents that he wanted to try his hand at building his own tiny home, they were immediately on board!
Luke was excited to start executing his master plan, but first, he needed resources, materials, and most importantly —money! So he went to his parents for a little guidance. Even though they 100% supported his ideas, they wanted him to handle most of the work all by himself. “It was a chance for a kid to do something more than play video games or sports,” said his dad, Greg. “It teaches life lessons.” But how could this young teen manage to finish such an ambitious project?