On Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, Mack Business Unit Director Dwalin DeBoer went back to school, but this time she was the teacher – if only for an hour.
DeBoer was the Scientist of the Month at Fisher Elementary School in Arlington, Vt. Invited by Fourth Grade Teacher Charlie Cummings, DeBoer was asked to inspire students with her knowledge of chemical engineering, as well as her experience of being an engineer at Mack.
DeBoer – who worked with GE’s then plastics division before joining Mack as a manufacturing engineer in 2000 – covered everything from atoms and molecules to the periodic table and scientific method. She even conducted an experiment in which a hard-boiled egg was pulled into a beaker, providing demonstrative proof that air molecules are in motion.
Using science, first-hand experience and a little humor, her lessons reinforced the curriculum students are covering in the classroom while boosting their understanding of the types of jobs available to them right in their Vermont hometown if they stay interested in science and engineering.