Final stages of the chicken coops

We are reaching the final stages of the construction of our chicken coops. It is very rewarding to see how far each group has come. Just a few months we were building the basic framing for our floors, and now we have put all the pieces together to create something real.

Throughout the construction of each coop, we don’t only learn building skills, but also learn teamwork skills. I’ve noticed that even though each coop has a designated group, everyone is always willing to help out another group from the kindness of their heart.

When we started this project, we were given specific guidelines for building the chicken coops. For example height, minimum number of doors and windows, and distance above the ground. As you already know we got to design our own chicken coop with our group members. After designing it and doing some research, we get the material and then we start building. Seeing the chicken coops last semester and seeing them now, we have accomplished so much. Everyone are like professional builders. What I have observed is that everyone isn’t scared in making mistakes anymore. Even though we all had the same guidelines, each coop turned out very different. This project was a chance to get our creative juices flowing. The freedom we had working on this project allowed us to do so.

Pretty soon we will be finishing up our chicken coops and moving on to a variety of different projects. We have planned for someone to come in once a week to show us how to build solar chargers. We can learn to build them and even keep the final product. We are also planning on installing more fence around the garden to accommodate the chicken coop. We started measuring it but we are still waiting for materials. The last project we have planned is the plastic bottle greenhouse. All year, students have been collecting plastic bottles from everywhere. We are going to use those bottles to make a greenhouse out of them. This project does not only reduce the amount of plastic bottle waste in our community, but it also gives us the opportunity to create something new and productive out of it.


As the chicken coops are coming to a close, I can say I really appreciated this experience. I have learned a lot of new skills and gotten closer with my classmates. Being in this class is not just about building. It is about teamwork, innovation, and creating a better future together.




  1. That last line is a perfect way to summarize our class. We are all working together and with each other to finish these coops. I am so appreciative of the opportunity Ms. Oropallo has given us!

  2. The next project is going to be super exciting! It’s really cool to be actually putting all of our environmental thoughts, brainstorms and ideas from freshman through sophomore year into action. Hands on is what MarinSEL is all about!

  3. What a beautiful work of literature you wrote here. I’m happy that you’ve gotten closer with your classmates, friendships that blossom from building chicken coops are the best kinds of friendships.

  4. we’re definitely pro’s at teamwork and collaboration now that we’ve done this project! our group has been working so well I’m gonna really miss working on these coops. always so pumped for this class

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