Simple machines come alive in big way during field trip to OP Public Works

Lessons about simple machines came alive for more than 100 third graders from Holmes Elementary this week during a field trip to the Oak Park Public Works facility–the culmination of a Geared Up residency provided by OPEF. As a street sweeper rumbled to life, Geared Up Coordinator Gretchen Junker called out to the gathered students: “What […]

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Geared Up – en español, por favor

Each year, every 3rd grader in District 97 experiences the Geared Up LEGO engineering program – even kids in Claire Bartell’s Spanish immersion classroom at Lincoln. Working in teams of two, Ms. Bartell’s students engineered the simple machines with LEGO motorized mechanisms, testing what happened when they changed variables and learning first-hand about friction, mass, […]

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