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Retired Boeing Employee Brings Valuable Internship to Gibson Ek High School Students

Retired Boeing Employee Brings Valuable Internship to Gibson Ek High School Students

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 11 January, 2019

Since Gibson Ek High School opened in the fall of 2016, Mark Boberg has been a regular volunteer - often times spending four to five days a week supporting in the woodshop. Mark (red shirt in picture) is a retired Boeing employee, where he spent 30 years as an engineer and finished his time as an Associate Technical Fellow.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mark runs an on-campus internship with students interested in hands-on experience. Part of the day is spent learning a new technique through group projects, while the other part is dedicated to independent student projects with Mark acting as their primary consultant. Inspired by the book Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew B. Crawford, Mark explains that there are a variety of benefits in making things because it supports a student’s ability to learn and do. At the end of the day, Mark hopes to instill a value and appreciation in all students to make anything their mind creates! 

If you are interested in volunteering at Gibson Ek High School in an effort to help carry out the vision to transform education, please reach out to Tim Hemker, Learning Through Interest Coordinator, via email at hemkert@issaquah.wednet.edu.