Magazine article Technology and Children

The Easy Cutter

Magazine article Technology and Children

The Easy Cutter

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We discovered the Easy Cutter hen we visited the exhibits t the ITEA Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Easy Cutter is a hand tool designed to cut through wood sticks up to 1/2 inch square. It also cuts through dowel sticks.

Upon returning to Virginia, we took the Easy Cutter to a Children's Engineering graduate class where in-service teachers were learning the basics about elementary design and technology education. All of the teachers had been trained in the use of tools appropriate for K-5 students. The teachers were awed by what they saw.

Some teachers of young children are extremely hesitant about allowing students to use junior hacksaws in school. Other elementary teachers don't have the budget to purchase age-appropriate tools. The Easy Cutter allows teachers of primary-age children to use wood strips and dowel sticks in their classrooms without needing to set up a cutting station. Students can measure and mark the wood where they want it cut. The teacher can quickly and safely make the cuts for the students. The ease of use allows teachers to provide dowels for wheel axles and wood strips for structure building when appropriately sized tools are not available for student use.

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The Easy Cutter works in a similar way to pruning shears. …

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