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UT Tyler Helps Out With TJC Nutcracker

This year, the Tyler Junior college production of the nutcracker is going high-tech, thanks to some help from UT Tyler students.

Since 2001, the university's engineering department has built a number of different props for the show.

First, it was the self-propelled sled, then the crazy grandfather clock. This year they are automating the special effects for the lights on the Christmas tree.

The joint venture was Dr. David Beam's idea. He is an associate professor in the engineering department at UT Tyler.

"The first year I was in it, they were using this plywood sleigh that was being used to transport Clara and the Nutcracker to the land of the sweets that had to be pushed by somebody hidden inside of it. It was definitely low tech, the illusion didn't work and suddenly, I thought, 'It's a senior project," says Beams.

Micah Coplan is one student who has helped out.

He says, "With this project, I was able to put a kind of practical, hands-on experience with some of the theory we've learned in class."

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

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