Dr. Ben Stark grows mold with Beye students

Dr. Ben Stark, biology professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, visited Mr. Manus’s 4th grade classroom to lead experiments with single cell organisms. The students are working on growing their own single cell organisms – molds and bacteria – using slices of bread as a petri dish. Dr. Stark will visit again in a […]

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Art Start student work on exhibit at Village Hall

Now on display at Village Hall in Oak Park: A collaborative Story Quilt that Beye Elementary 2nd graders created with teaching artist, Kelcie Mitchell, and a Sierpinsky Triangle project that Holmes Elementary 2nd graders constructed with teaching artist, Jonathan Franklin. Stop by and see!

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OPEF VEX Robotics win State Championship!

Two OPEF VEX Robotics teams took top honors at the Illinois VEX Robotics State Championship held on March 8th in Batavia, Illinois! A total of six teams from Brooks and Julian traveled to Batavia to compete against the best high school and middle school teams in Illinois. ‘Lost in Pink’ came home the Tournament Champion […]

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OPEF’s Art Start student exhibit

Join us for OPEF’s Art Start Student Exhibit on Tuesday, March 11, from 4:00-5:30 pm at Village Hall. Students and teaching artists will be sharing their recent art work. Displays will include a collaborative Story Quilt that Beye Elementary 2nd graders created with teaching artist, Kelcie Mitchell, and a Sierpinsky Triangle project that Holmes Elementary […]

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Six OPEF VEX teams headed for State

The excitement is growing as the OPEF VEX teams that qualified for the State Championship put the finishing touches on their robots! A total of six teams qualified for the new Illinois VEX Robotics State Championship, which will be held in Batavia, Illinois on Saturday, March 8. The OPEF VEX Robotics teams are: Brooks Team […]

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Untangling the wildlife web

Naturalist Sara Rose from the Trailside Museum worked with Mann Elementary 4th graders as part of their Science Alliance partnership. Sara’s presentation of Wildlife Food Webs enhanced the students’ study of ecosystems. Through examination of animal skulls, students determined what an animal eats, how it lives and how energy is transferred throughout the food web. […]

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architecture adventure

Architecture Adventure connects the influence of Chicago architecture

Beye 3rd graders are studying Chicago architecture and the influence that various structures had on the communities surrounding them as part of their Architecture Adventure project. Students selected structures to recreate through drawing and painting and their finished work will be displayed at Red Hen Bread. You can see photos from the project here.

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Thanks to all who came to OPEF’s Open House!

Thanks to all the families who joined OPEF for our Open House on Saturday morning, February 22. We had a great time making hats, designing stained glass windows, experimenting with slime, driving robots on land and in water, building with LEGOs and signing up for BASE Camp! Make sure to check out these photos from […]

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OPEF’s Battle of the Bots a huge success

The 2014 Battle of the Bots was a huge success, with 36 teams from 10 schools competing on Saturday, February 1, at Julian Middle School. First place went to the alliance of Julian teams Serious Black and Lost in Pink along with the Metal Knights from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Purple Mudcrabs of Death, of Brooks Middle […]

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Hot to trot bots

David Pierini of the Wednesday Journal provides a look at the preparations for OPEF’s upcoming Battle of the Bots (2/1/14).

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