About us

Team Puppamatics, an ETC client project, is on a mission to enhance the creative process of puppet making for 4th and 5th graders. Leveraging digital tools, we focus on visualizing the scaling and measuring involved in the puppet creation.

Our client, Lou Karus, the Director of the Center for Arts and Education at West Liberty University, will be guiding us throughout the semester. A part of her job is to reach out to local school students, bring them to the campus, and offer workshops for the students. Conducting workshops on campus, she noticed a recurring struggle among students in transitioning 2D sketches into 3D puppets. This specific challenge forms the center of our project, as we aim to develop innovative solutions to assist students in overcoming this problem.

This project will be actively integrated into West Liberty’s puppet making workshops. As our project unfolds, it will be tested and refined in the Pittsburgh area and West Virginia classrooms, engaging young minds in the technical process of bringing their puppetry creations to life.

Team Puppamatics envisions a project that not only assists in the technical aspects of puppet creation but also nurtures the hands-on, imaginative journey of each child. Here’s what our client has to say about the project:

If you’re curious, check out our current build of the project:

Our client

Lou Karas

Director, Center for Arts and Education