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After-school program a cut above the rest
After-school program a cut above the rest

Students are developing professional craftsmanship and learning engineering processes during technology classes and after-school programs at East Tipp Middle School. The Cricut Maker is part of teacher Sharita Ware's project "A Cut Above the Rest," funded by a grant from the Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County.

Ware says the machine is used by students to create race car decals, robots, packaging and medical implements. The Cricut Maker can quickly and accurately cut wood, vinyl, paper, fabric and other materials.

"The only limit is the students' creativity," says Ware. "A Cut Above the Rest involves using the Cricut Maker to enhance any and all design projects in the engineering technology education classes, as well as an after-school STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) lab and FIRST Lego League robotics teams."

The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County funded the project through its Seeds for Excellence grant program with financial support form Tate & Lyle.