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Cuddle Sanctuary


Critter Comfort Cottage Project

Team Name: Energizers

Team Members: Arian P. (3rd), Robert R. (4th), and Joseph F. (5th) 

Habitat Animals: Bunnies, Chicks, and a bird. (Toy version pets for this project display)


We started by gathering materials needed for our Critter Comfort Cottage project. The following is a list of materials needed to create Cuddle Sanctuary. Some items were recyclables, some donations, and a few store bought.

  • Camera to document pictures and videos
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Newspaper
  • Paper Towels
  • Scissors
  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Sharpie
  • Ruler
  • Measuring Tape
  • Stanley Knife
  • Computer
  • Black Tape
  • Scotch Blue Tape – $7.88
  • Non-Toxic Silicone Glue Sticks – $1.25
  • Non-VOC Eco Friendly Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Cable Ties
  • Wire Cutters
  • Staple Gun
  • Artificial Turf made of Recycled Natural Materials – $10.50
  • Cyclonic Mesh – $14.68
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Hair Dryer
  • Recycled Plastic Bottles 
  • Non edible carrots and food items for display
  • Water for the pets
  • Door Lock
  • Batteries
  • Velcro
  • Solar Panel
  • Solar powered light
  • Solar powered fan
  • Toy Bunnies – $5.98
  • Toy Chicks – $2.50
  • Plush Bird and Rabbit
  • Play toys for the pets


Cottage Specifications

L= 29 in  W= 15.5 in  H= 36.5 in

Components of Solar Powered Circuit

  • Solar Cell
  • Connector
  • Leds
  • Fan
  • Blades
  • DC Generator Motor

Components of Wind Powered Circuit

  • Fan Blades
  • Connector
  • DC Generator Motor


Our critter comfort cottage is sustainable, innovative, and resourceful. We chose to build an ECO-friendly safe and enriching habitat for bunnies, chicks, and a bird. The cottage has a solar panel which powers the light and fan. On a cloudy day, wind powered light is provided to the cottage. The DC motor connected in the solar panel helps to convert the electrical solar energy into mechanical energy. This is how the fan turns to provide circulation for the pets. So amazing! 

We all love bunnies, chicks, and birds! They are so adorable and pet friendly. Robert on our team has chicks at his house and he loves taking care of them. One day after school, he invited us to his house to show us his chicks and how they are cared for. They were so cute! The cottage we have built is an indoor/outdoor two story home for our furry pals. It is spacious enough for the bunnies, chicks, and birds to be happy and thrive in their environment. Bunnies and chicks are compatible to live with each other. We all agreed on this type of cottage design because it can house more than one type of pet. The bird can live on the second level. The bunnies and chicks can live on the first level. We have food, water, and toys for them. It is well ventilated. The normal temperature for bunnies is 98-102 F. The normal temperature for chicks is 103-107 F. The normal temperature for birds is 106-109 F. We have made a dark area within the cottage where they can sleep. The cottage is safe, secure, and, most importantly, comfortable. The door is able to open and close. We even have a lock for extra security so the bunnies, chicks, and birds don’t escape. 

Project Video – Please view link below


A few challenges arose while working on this project. While all three teammates attend the same school, we are in different grade levels, and this was our first time meeting each other. This also applies to our moms. We chose this topic because we love animals. This idea brought us together. It was challenging at first to manage our schedules, but we had a goal in mind to complete a beautiful and reliable space for our animals. We believe our collaboration and dedication helped us to achieve our vision. As we worked on our project everyday after-school and on the weekends, we learned more and more about each other. Now when we see each other at school, we can say hi to one another. We had a hard time cutting the cardboard boxes and cyclonic mesh at times. Another challenge for all of us was learning to create a webpage. We asked many questions on this topic. But, once we started producing the content and filling in the required fields, the creativity flowed. What started out as a challenge became a fun learning experience. EnergyWhiz allowed us to learn how to create a webpage at our young age. 


Need the perfect cottage for your FURRY PALS?

*Call Cuddle Sanctuary @ 111-222-3333 for an OASIS experience*

You can own a customized cottage similar to the picture shown on our webpage. Or, if you are planning on going away on vacation, we can care for your bunnies, chicks, and birds in our cuddle sanctuaries for the great price of $50 per night. Enjoy your hotel stay while your pets enjoy their hotel stay!

Cuddle Sanctuary Advertisement Video – Please view link below

Live Pets in Cuddle Sanctuary Video – Please view link below


Thank you EnergyWhiz!

We would like to especially thank our “SUPER MOMS” for their helping hands and time. Thank you for encouraging and motivating us to complete this cause worthy project. Thank you to Mrs. Trujillo for your guidance and for introducing us to innovative projects. We would like to thank Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) for sponsoring the teams at our school. Lastly, thank you BOON-dah-learning and FSEC Energy Research Center for providing the Solar Energy materials for our project. 

40 thoughts on “Cuddle Sanctuary

  • Pretty cool project

  • very proud and happy of such a beautiful job for the boys. It was a very good experience, where the boys learned a lot and developed more skills. Robert mommy is very proud of you, I know you’re going to achieve everything you set your mind to in life.

  • I am so proud of this teamwork and collaboration! Great job to all three students! Best wishes, Arian! You’ve made Auntie Sandra so proud!

  • This is amazing! As a kitty owner I want one. Great job!

  • I already thought this idea and its final project was amazing but that advertisement was what sold it to me. I will need to adopt a critter so that I can purchase one of these lovely cuddly critter sanctuaries! Awesome job!

  • Excellent work! So thoughtful.

  • WAOO that’s amazing 🤩 I love it ❤️

  • This project is evident of your hard work, dedication and team work. Wonderful work! Good luck!

  • I really love the teamwork and ingenuity! Great job!

  • l love you made it red and the stick inside.

  • great job on your project.

  • I love this it is simple and can be perfect for a bunny.

  • I love how you included a solar power light and fan!it looks great!-Angela-

  • I like how you guys added so many pics and put in the stuffies.

  • This project took a lot of hard work, dedication, and time. It is evident that you three applied what you already know about your pets and science and used that on this critter cottage.

    • Fantastic effort boys!! Your did your research and learned many things along the way. Very well done and it looks excellent. congratulations to the parents. They put a lot of effort helping you along the way. It’s a winner 🥇

  • What an amazing creation! It is such a cool concept and very well done. Great job!

  • This project is phenomenal! It makes me want to go out and buy a chick and bunny, so they can enjoy their space in this eco friendly habitat! I can see all the hard work and collaboration you all put in. You all rocked this! Great job boys!

  • I love this project🥰

  • This project is AMAZING 😍

  • I really like how you included links and the dimensions of your critters home (length, width, and hight). I think you did great. -Garrett

  • AMAZING!!!!!!

  • What a great project. I’m very proud as a part of the community where these young kids are so kind and caring about the environment. Proud of the dedicated moms that are supporting our kids. A prouder about the teachers and every single one involved.

    Good luck to all!

  • What an AMAZING project!!

  • What an AMAZING project!!

  • We are so proud of you. Keep up the good work.

  • Wow what a great project! After viewing the videos and pictures it’s clear that this project was a team effort! Fantastic job.

  • some things I like about your project is your outside decorations and the things you put inside your project.

  • I love how you have all the links & that you are giving credit to that’s good honesty.


  • I like the building.

  • Love the work, but my favorite part are the bunny’s, keep up the good work!

  • You boys did such a wonderful job with your project. The design of your project is very impressive. Your creativity and knowledge amazes me! Best wishes!

  • Keep up the great work, Arian! This is a very innovative and creative project that you should all be proud of making. It shows you spent a lot of time, thought, and dedication to construct this project. We are very proud of you!

  • Loved the whole concept! If this was a real product I would definitely buy one! Great idea!


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