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Robots invade MSI!

On Sunday, April 7, a team of VEX Robotics students from Julian Middle School participated in the Robot Block Party at the Museum of Science and Industry. This event was held to celebrate National Robotics Week. The museum featured robots from around the world in...

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Serious Black heads to World Championship!

Julian's Serious Black team's journey to the World Championship began when they were one of two OPEF VEX Robotics teams accepted for the 2013 National VEX Robotics Competition, held in Ralston, NE in March. So Serious Black asked permission for parents to take them to...

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Upcycling artwork at Julian!

The Art Club of Percy Julian Middle School created "Upcycled Art" by re-using and re-purposing such items as rubber bands, drywall tape, steel wool, copper plumbing strapping, melted crayons, and electrical wire. Students constructed and wove panels using these...

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Hands-on science fun for Whittier students

Ms. Mangiantini and Ms. McDaniels and their 4/5th grade students recently hosted their Science Alliance scientists. Dr. Brent Friesen, Professor of Chemistry at Dominican University, worked with Ms. Mangiantini's class. They experimented with chemistry, exploring...

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LEGO bugs at Holmes!

Ms. Merz's first graders build models of insects using LEGOs Story: OPEF's "LEGO Lady," Geared Up program coordinator Gretchen Junker, joined Ms. Merz's Holmes first grade class to conduct a special LEGO project. The students kicked off their Insects unit by building...

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Do you recognize these famous Chicago buildings?

Third graders at Irving learned about the architecture of significant Chicago buildings: the Willis Tower, Hancock Tower, Smurfit Stone Building, and the Jewelers Building. They reproduced their own versions with LEGOs, and challenged their math skills with the...

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Brooks and Julian teams went to VEX Robotics Nationals!

Teams Serious Black from Julian and The Terminators from Brooks have just returned from the VEX Robotics National Championship in Omaha, March 7 - 9. Both teams survived a grueling series of 13 qualification matches and made it to the quarterfinals. Teams from as far...

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First grade yogis!

First graders in Ms. Espana's class at Lincoln learned yoga as part of their study of the weather. As they saluted the sun, strengthened their arms in rainbow pose and hissed like cobras, they also experienced the physical and emotional benefits of yoga. Parent and...

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