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PSU Technology Education Students Build Doghouses: Habitat for Hounds

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     The push to bring more STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math into the classroom, has future teachers at Pittsburg State University  getting a lesson in construction.

But this project also has a purpose.

The program is called Habitat for Hounds. The class is creating four dog houses for pups  at  the Southeast Kansas Humane Society.

PSU Technology and Engineering Education major Melissa Stebbins says,"There's so many strays that don't get adopted I think them having a  house ready to go its gonna double their chances of getting adopted."

Aldo Cilliers, another technology education major agrees, "It definitely gives meaning to what we do. We could just do a small project  and put it away or tear it down at the end  of the semester, but this is gonna actually go out into the community."

The future educators say there are lessons they learn during the building process that they can share with students later in the classroom.

Melissa says, "Making sure everything is square.   Making sure you're taking time to measure."

Associate professor of technology and engineering education, Mike Neden says, "We start from laying out a site, actually pour concrete. We do all the framing, insulation, roofing. All those things that are part of the basic construction techniques,  we teach them."

Aldo says, "This is really  cool cause we get to see something all the way through  and not just a small aspect of construction."  

They work from plans that they can take with them to repeat the project.  And have discovered academic lessons that also apply.

Melissa exexclaims "Math!  A lot of times I did it myself in high school, said  ‘Oh, I'm never gonna use this later in life. Wrong! You know, we just used the  pythagorean theorem to square up our dog house."

And the end product includes a hinged roof for easy cleaning, insulated on top and bottom and sided inside and out.

Neden says,  "They're a top notch dog house for these special dogs."

Three of the four chosen dogs have  now been adopted and await their houses.

    Home depot works with the university giving materials at a discount.

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