It is with deep sadness that we share the loss of an amazing volunteer and mentor, Mark Boberg, who passed away unexpectedly on September 17, 2020. We join together to support Mark’s family and in honor of his memory we have established the Mark’s Future Makers Fund dedicated to benefit Gibson Ek High School student's vocational, technical, and engineering programs.
The dedication from Mark to all of us is truly remarkable. Over the last 4 years, Mark has been like one of our Gibson Ek staff family as he often spent hours with us, five days a week, as he worked to inspire, support, and teach us to learn to build, create, engineer, problem solve, and so much more. When we faced challenges at school, Mark would support us by reading new books; sharing articles; analyzing new strategies; and offering suggestions from his experience as an engineer at Boeing. He was always sharing new ideas for how to motivate, inspire or even just help students get their energy out in new and creative ways. He was a true mentor and friend to all of our staff.
Mark meant so much to all of us at Gibson Ek, but his work with our students brought him so much joy. Whenever a student had a project idea, Mark was one of the first mentors who would jump in to help. He loved working with all of our students. With Mark’s guidance, support, and encouragement, students created some amazing work! Because of Mark’s absolute brilliance and range of skills and interests, he helped students build a 5 foot+ glider; metal armor; a styrofoam cutter; a wind tunnel; a greenhouse; a welding station; a steam engine; Rube Goldberg machines; a model of the US Coast Guard ship Polar Star; a huge mobile; and many more projects!
Dozens of students joined Mark’s on-campus internship with McBippy Enterprises, which he ran like a business while helping students grow with their design, building, and collaboration skills as they created some amazing work together on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can see an early story about Mark’s work at Gibson Ek here: Retired Boeing Employee Brings Valuable Internship to Gibson Ek High School Students.
Thank you for making your contribution to honor Mark Boberg. He would be grateful for this gesture so we can continue his work in helping the students at Gibson Ek. He will be sorely missed.
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