OVIEDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Oviedo High School has a graduation requirement for seniors, where students must pick a topic, conduct research, document it, write up a business plan –- if applicable -- and then establish a budget. The project is called Capstone, and students work on this throughout the fall semester of their senior year and present their work to a panel of judges on March 1.
One senior, Jacob Bushey, has gone above and beyond with his project. He started thinking about what topic he would pick almost a year ago, and he came up with the idea of a mobile hatchery.
The basic concept was to build a mobile structure to educate people on the process of hatching and raising urban chickens -- with the idea of taking the hatchery to preschools and farmer's markets as a service to the community, to educate future generations.
“Jacob wasn't happy with the typical barn-looking structure, and he is a big fan of the TV series, ‘Tiny House,’ so his mobile hatchery has morphed into a tiny house!” said mom Kelly Bushey.
Jacob created the plan on his computer and recently finished construction. He shared with FOX 35 some photos of the construction process before he showcased the mobile hatchery at Good Neighbors Farmers Market in Oviedo.
The project has undoubtedly given this Oviedo senior a sense of accomplishment and has made one mother very proud. “He basically is completing this project on his own, with the exception of when he needs an extra pair of hands to hold something,” Kelly said. "He will make someone a good husband one day with all these handy skills he is learning and all the power tools he now knows how to use!"
In addition to the structural work, Jacob had to do mechanical work on the trailer brakes as well, to get them in working order.
If you would like to learn more about the Capstone project at Oviedo High School, click here (PDF).