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Tech Design Class has entrepreneurial approach to learning

Personalized Key Ring

The Wayne County High School Tech Design class is growing yet again.   The class just
launched a website that is accessible to all those with a Wayne County School District email
account. The link is under the Staff tab. (Staff --> Tech Design Class website)
The website showcases items that the students have learned how to create or have
designed on their own to make available for purchase.    One of the most popular items added
this year is a baseball gyro ornament, which features a bat and ball, the player number, and the
player's last name.  This follows the success of the personalized basketball ornament from last
year.  The Cardinal gyro is the most popular of the ornaments sold.   Students are concentrating
on 3D print items through the holidays.  Items such as 3D lampshades and nightlights, bag tags,
and of course, Christmas ornaments are all available through the website store.
Tech Design Teacher Marsha Bertram said, “Students are now beginning to work with
the two vinyl cutters in the room.  When the students are comfortable, we will add vinyl items
to the website store.   The design aspect of working with a vinyl cutter is close to that of 3D
imaging.   This is also how design works for the poster printer, which the students learned
about at the beginning of the school year.  We started with the poster maker because it is our
main source of advertising within the building.”
The idea behind the class is that students learn to use the technology available in the
room.  Currently, that technology includes a poster printer, 3D printers, a plaque maker, and
both a small and large vinyl cutter. The students have not yet mastered the plaque maker but
will tackle that soon. 
“We have done some work on the vinyl cutters and are progressing to designing and
printing vinyl for t-shirts. The t-shirt press is very popular with the students.  We do not do large
orders of shirts but can create and print a few of any design,” said Bertram.
Students enjoy the hands-on aspects of the class and welcome ideas for designs. The
entrepreneurial aspect of the class comes into play because the students have to factor the cost
of creating items, set a price for sale, and then use the profits from the sales in order to
purchase supplies and/or more equipment to keep the class running.

Samples of items pictured below

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