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On Friday, August 19, 2016, 32 WACC Work-Based Learning Co-Op students, led by Angie Heinsman and Dave Clark, and 81 Washington STEM Academy sixth graders, led by Nicole Ryman, Patrick Hazelton, and Rebecca Dawson, collaborated in an activity called the Marshmallow Challenge.  They were tasked with creating the tallest, freestanding structure using only 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of string, 1 yard of masking tape, and a jumbo marshmallow.  They had 18 minutes to complete the challenge in multi-age groups.  The room was abuzz with activity during the 18-minute work time given to complete the task.  Students used trial and error, along with prototyping in order to achieve the highest structure.  Some experienced successed, and others learned the meaning of not YET.  Research shows that typically the best performances come from engineers and kindergartners.  That research proved to be true as our winning group included Mallory Hooks, who is in WBL Co-Op following an engineering pathway.  The instructors were really proud of the collaboration, creativity, and problem-solving skills shown by the students.

The Winners are shown below, with a structure of 23 3/4" high:  Mallory Hooks, WACC, Liana Dunkel, Angelica Garcia, Abigail Parcels, and Alexis Vargas, Washington STEM Academy


Sometimes pilots work on their planes too! WACC WBL Co-Op student Mason gets a variety of career experiences at Warsaw Flying Club.

Mason is a WBL Co-Op student pursuing his dream of becoming a commercial pilot working at the Warsaw Flying Club. The photo shows Mason with his mentor, trainer, and supervisor Jon Fussle. Mason had just completed his first solo flight, so he is well on his way to achieving that dream! Thanks to Jon for working with Mason and giving him such great experience. Mason, we are so proud of you as you work so hard to become a pilot! Keep dreaming!
Honors Introduction to Accounting Students are applying their knowledge of the accounting cycle by playing Monopoly and journalizing transactions. Some are getting a bit competitive with each other! Applying their knowledge is important!

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WACC Work Based Learning student Megan is pursuing her dream of becoming a Special Needs Teacher by working at Cardinal Services, Inc. She absolutely loves her job! Her cheerful personality is evident as she interacts with the consumers in various rooms, enriching the lives of everyone she encounters. She plans to attend IPFW, and she will be a wonderful teacher! Great job Megan!

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