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Engineer gets 7th-graders thinking about careers

Engineer Mark Whalen speaks to 7th-grade students.

Engineer Mark Whalen speaks to 7th-grade students.

Lockheed Martin engineer Mark Whalen stopped by to speak to Wareham Middle School 7th-graders in Mrs. Walker’s science, technology, engineering, and math class (STEM) on Tuesday, January 28.

We could tell you all about it, but how about hearing it straight from the students? Here’s what some of our 7th-graders had to say!

Sheridyn Pinkham:
“How do you get someone to pay you to do what you love? Could you build a biodegradable weather balloon or an instrument that can measure the temperature for a long distance? Those were the questions asked by Mark Whalen. Mark Whalen is an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Marion, MA. He came to Mrs. Walker’s STEM class to talk about engineering, weather, career choices and his career. He told us that you should get someone to pay you to do what you love.  For example, if you love football, basketball, math or writing, you should get paid to do it. He also told us that engineering doesn’t have to be all about math. Mark Whalen made everyone in my class think about their career choice.”

 

Cameron Keith:
“Mark Whalen from Lockheed Martin came to our school today. He talked about engineering, weather, and different jobs. He asked some of us what we like to do. He also had a message for us: “How do you get someone to pay you to do what you love?” The part of the presentation that I enjoyed most was when he showed us the different tools he uses.  His presentation made me think of the job in computer hardware that I want to pursue.”

 

Paige Strawn:
“Mark Whalen, an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Marion, MA, came to give a presentation to Nobel 7. He presented his job as an engineer and what kind of things he does as an engineer. He brought some of  his team’s newest inventions that they have been working on. The presentation consisted of the question,  “ How can you get paid to do what you love?”  His team makes weathering tools for weathering in the ocean and in the air. Mr. Whalen is an engineer. He helped Nobel 7 kids think of careers they might want to have in the engineering field.”

 

Camryn Thornell:
“On Tuesday, January 28, 2014, Mark Whalen, an engineer from Lockheed Martin came to speak to Wareham Middle School’s 7th Grade Mrs. Walker’s class. Mr. Whalen talked to the students about his career. He asked us “How are you going to find someone to pay you to do what you love?” Also, Mr. Whalen told us about Meteorology, Oceanography, and climate change. What he talked about made me think that the career I may want to pursue later on in life may be an engineer.”

 

Haley Garrity
“Mark Whalen, an engineer, came to visit a group of 7th graders from Wareham Middle School.  He focused on the topic, “How can you get paid to do something you love?” Mark Whalen is getting paid for what he loves to do. He currently works for Lockheed Martin in Marion, MA. The part that the kids loved was the tools he brought in. He brought in a weather balloon that floats up with a machine that measures the weather. He made kids wonder what they wanted to be when they get older, as well as how much they will get paid.”

 

Look at that weather balloon!

Look at that weather balloon!

 

A big thanks to Mark Whalen for inspiring our 7th-graders!

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Mosaic Madness Community Cafe a hit

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The Office of Beyond School Time hosted Mosaic Madness with artist (and Wareham High School teacher) Christina Kunze on Tuesday, advice January 28.

The Community Cafe attracted children and adults of all ages who created colorful mosaics using seashells, check glass, and other recycled and found objects. Check out the gallery for a look at the fun!

For more information about the Office of Beyond School Time, visit http://warehamps.org/beyondschooltime.

 

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Superintendent's blog: Proud of our schools

It can’t be said enough: We are so proud of our schools.

Here are just a few reasons why.

In the past several weeks, dozens of our students have been inducted into the National Honor Society at their respective schools.

Wareham High School inducted 7 new members to its Honor Society in January. Photo courtesy: Liam McKenna, Wareham Week

Wareham High School inducted 7 new members to its Honor Society in January. Photo courtesy: Liam McKenna, Wareham Week

A total of 19 Wareham Middle School Students were inducted into the school's Honor Society on Monday, January 6.

A total of 19 Wareham Middle School Students were inducted into the school’s Honor Society on Monday, January 6.

Our DECA team took home an impressive number of medals and trophies at the club’s district competition on Cape Cod, and a number of our students will be traveling to Boston this spring for the state competition.

Students from each of Wareham Public Schools were received Youth Spirit Awards on January 20 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — for being ambassadors of peace and demonstrating the qualities King stood for and believed in.

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “I Have a Dream, I Can Achieve It” Community Breakfast is held at the Boys & Girls Club of Wareham.

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Emilyann Schluter, a fourth-grader at Minot Forest Elementary, is working hard to raise money to feed 100 Wareham families in recognition of the 100th day of school. To help her, visit Emilyann’s 100 Bags of Groceries on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/430579283690713.

Emilyann Schluter was the recipient of a Youth Spirit Award for her efforts.

Emilyann Schluter was the recipient of a Youth Spirit Award for her efforts.

Wareham Middle School’s Jeffry McDougal, an 8th-grader, is an ambassador for Governor Deval Patrick’s Project 351 team. Project 351 aims to shape future leaders, and there is just one ambassador from each town.

Jeffry traveled to the State House on a recent Saturday as part of the project’s launch.

Our Wareham Middle School teachers spent their lunch period during a recent in-service day raising money for the Damien’s Place food pantry. Teachers cooked up culinary creations at home and brought them in for a friendly “Iron Chef” competition. Entry fees raised $180 for Damien’s Place!

The Village PTA (www.warehampta.com) brought the Harlem Wizards to Wareham for an evening of “Trick Hoops & Alley-oops.” The event brought the community together for a hilarious basketball game and raised money for the PTA!

The Harlem Wizards perform! Photo courtesy: Bill Whelan, Wareham Week

The Harlem Wizards perform! Photo courtesy: Bill Whelan, Wareham Week

Ahoy! Our faculty and staff have teamed with the community at large for a pay-it-forward campaign to spread good cheer. Please, click here to get involved!

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We are proud of our schools. We are thankful for our community. In the coming months, there will be even more to celebrate. Stay tuned!

We are Wareham!

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