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Classroom turns electric at Whittier

Students in Mrs. McDaniel's 4/5 multi-age class at Whittier have been studying magnetism and electricity. Working with their Science Alliance scientist Dave Kupperman, a retired Argonne Laboratory scientist, they conducted a number of experiments demonstrating the...

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Here’s our community — made out of LEGOs!

All four 2nd grade at Holmes school teamed up with Gretchen Junker from OPEF's Geared Up program and the two Holmes art teachers, Jon Kristofer and Casey Klemp-Florczak, plus many parent volunteers, to conduct an awesome trimester research project. Students took...

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Learning about other cultures by dancing in their shoes

Local dancer and artist Vickie Cassanova sat in the rocking chair at the front of the classroom, the students intensely focused on the story she was reading to them. Like other stories Ms. Vickie shared with the students over the past few weeks, this story about an...

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Q&A with Science Alliance geologist Tricia Feeley

What has been your favorite Science Alliance project? One thing I do is come into the class in my haz-mat [hazardous materials] suit. Or, to give a sense of how much garbage we produce I bring in sacks of potatoes. All the kids want to hold the 25 pounds of potatoes!...

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Many cool projects with our Geared Up LEGOs

Check out our 2-minute videos of Geared Up and Architecture Adventure LEGO projects: Students in the 2nd/3rd grade class of Mr. Podlasek and Ms. Pasquinelli at Longfellow used our LEGO bricks to build early Native American communities. The project helped reinforce the...

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More than just pretty pictures

OPEF's Art Start program sponsored Oak Park artist Jill Kramer this fall, who led Ms. Worley's and Ms. Murray's 6th grade art classes in the study of socially engaged visual art. Students critiqued the images they see all around them, and then designed their own...

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Fourth and fifth graders design Victorian homes

Growing up in Oak Park, kids see Victorian homes all the time. Working with Architecture Adventure coordinator, Adrienne McMullen, Longfellow 4th and 5th graders have been getting the uncommon opportunity to actually study and recreate them. Using a large folded piece...

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