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A RUFF ESTIMATE? PUTTING ON A SHOW For these imaginary pets, a dog’s life is one of luxury. To finalize their designs, students incorporated the models into a class-wide dog park. Then they presented their creations along with spreadsheets detailing their planning and budgeting. Skylights for natural lighting. Multi-room canine cottages. Oversized windows for cool, fur- ruffling breezes. No feature was too extravagant: each student received an unlimited budget for “purchasing” supplies. Student Rachel Thomas showed off the house she built for Balto the Siberian Husky — perfectly sized for him to turn around and lie down. Jessica Chilcote designed a small, cozy space for Penelope the Pekingese. And Morgan Wilson decorated Justice the Corgi’s home in red and blue. Students tallied their spending by calculating the surface area of their designs. They used spreadsheets to account for supplies: plywood, Plexiglas, and paint — and, of course, letters to spell out each dog’s name. Once designs were finalized, students flexed their creative muscles by creating miniature models at home. Popsicle sticks were used as wood beams. Cardboard boxes served as drywall. Plastic wrap became glass for windows. “It was a fun way to apply what we were learning into a real-life scenario,” Morgan says. And when the models were complete, students brought them to class for their grand unveiling. As far as she knows, none of the students have gone on to build a full-size version of their designs. However, Bolmer says one of the models was big enough to where she had to prevent students from climbing in. Bolmer says she was pleased with her students’ projects as well. She is planning to implement a similar church-themed project for next year. Luckily, no students are known to have ended up in the dog house. 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 CH 17