Hands-on engineering at Texas Instruments

A group of Upper Schoolers recently attended an afternoon workshop at Texas Instruments’s South Portland facility along with teachers Stephanie Dolan and Sue Stein. Students toured “the Fab” and had a Q&A session with both veteran engineers and recent graduates.

Texas Instruments designs, manufactures, tests, and sells semiconductors—key components of items we experience every day, from robots and refrigerators to drones and door locks.

It was a great opportunity for students to put their Chemistry knowledge to use. Thanks to TI employee Heather Maines for facilitating the visit.

Holocaust survivor Charles Rotmil shares story with middle schoolers

Eighth graders welcomed guest speaker Charles Rotmil to Waynflete on May 7. Originally from the Alsace-Lorraine region, Mr. Rotmil lost family members to the Holocaust. He was hidden by Catholic priests and escaped persecution by the Nazis. He shared his story with the eighth grade along with a slideshow of news stories, photographs, and original artwork.

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Seventh-grade stories of place

Working in their history classes in groups of three or four, seventh graders were recently tasked with writing a one-act play to tell the story of a city in Southwest Asia or North Africa through the eyes of someone who lives there. Cities covered included Kabul, Istanbul, Mecca, Baghdad, Dubai, Jerusalem, Cairo, Beirut, Tehran, Damascus, Ramallah, and Marrakech. Students spent a week researching their cities and developing their plot and characters. After building their knowledge about the historical, geographical, and cultural background about their cities, students wrote their plays to depict that information, collected props and costumes, memorized their lines, and rehearsed.

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