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Butte Creek students test out tech.
Christena Brooks Special to Salem Statesman Journal
USA TODAY NETWORK
This year, elementary and middle school students at
Butte Creek School have entered a world typically re-
served for their older peers – the world of computer-
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, the school’s
computer lab hummed with activity, long after the bell
had rung and most kids had gone home for the day. In-
side, a handful of designers, grades 4-8, labored over
projects ranging from banners, to T-shirts, to a pros-
thetic limb for a hedgehog.
The new Technology and Manufacturing Club
meets twice a week to design products for real custom-
ers. By far the most unusual customer so far, the hedge-
hog – belonging to club adviser Stacy Boost – unfortu-
nately died before its new peg leg was complete.
But student Wyatt Heath was finishing it up anyway.
Using the modeling program Rhino, he designed a-
cone-shaped leg and planned to bring it to life using
one of the school’s 3-D printers.
“The new plastic leg would’ve fit over his hind leg
like this,” Wyatt said, demonstrating on a stuffed ani-
mal sitting next to his keyboard.
On screens around him, other projects were in vari-
ous states of completion. Alyha Sanarov was tweaking
a “Butte Creek Bobcats” logo for P.E. class T-shirts.
Greyson Glivinski and Aubrey Leao were making vinyl
banners. And Georgey Zenuhin was creating a shirt for
the club itself.
“Georgey, stand back and look at your design like
you’re seeing it for the first time,” Boost instructed. “If
you have to look too hard, keep working.”
Georgey nodded and backed away from the screen,
squinting. He’d done this all before, and his confidence
was palpable. In fact, everyone in the room had com-
pleted at least one project, resulting in a workplace-
“There is a level of excitement and energy that
comes by physically doing the actual thing being
learned,” said Boost, now in her 11th year of teaching at
Boost’s students will make T-shirts, hats signs and
bumper stickers for real, paying clients, including
teachers, fellow students and school district staff.
“For $10 anyone can give us a drawing that they have
done, and our student will use the program to make
that design into vinyl that is heat-pressed onto a T-
shirt of their choosing,” Boost said.
Heat presses for shirts and hats were donated to
Butte Creek by Lanette Willig, who, with her late hus-
band Eddie, ran a T-shirt shop, Mo Shirts, for many
years. Boost also personally bought out the couple’s T-
shirt inventory at a steep discount.
The last necessary pieces to an operational “shop”
at Butte Creek were a vinyl cutter, secured via a grant,
and a 3-D printer and software, purchased by the dis-
Boost was thrilled to discover at SuperQuest, a sum-
mertime training for computer science teachers, that
she quickly picked up design skills, after years of ro-
botics and coding training. Her personal love for craft-
ing came in handy too.
“I have done computer design for years to make em-
broidery designs for my quilt making and was shocked
to see how similar the program was,” she said. “As far as
I know, it is not being used with children this young …
Silverton H.S. dodgeball
tourney registration open
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Anyone 14 and older is
invited to register for the
Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive &
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Registration for this
annual tournament, a
fundraiser for Silverton
High School, will close
March 1 or once 64 teams
The event itself is set
for April 7. Teams com-
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of all, bragging rights.
This is a blind draw, dou-
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The tournament raises
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Scarlette Leiterman uses the heat press to finish
her own shirt, something Technology and
Manufacturing Club students get to do once
they've done projects for clients.
CHRISTENA BROOKS/SPECIAL TO THE APPEAL TRIBUNE
but I figured that, if I can learn to use it, I can teach
Boost’s long-term goal is to make the Technology
and Manufacturing Club self-sustaining. She’s
patched together a collection of fundraisers that pay
toward Butte Creek’s after-school robotics clubs,
and the school’s parent-teacher club and Oktober-
fest have been very supportive too. But this latest
effort has the potential to pay for itself, an outcome
she’s hoping for.
Anyone interested in supporting Butte Creek stu-
dents by placing an order can email sta-
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3-5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
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