Who did that awesome mural at Beye?

Last spring, all 69 Beye 5th graders with their art teacher Kristen Sundquist studied 100 architecturally significant structures with architect Adrienne McMullen, who runs OPEF's Architecture Adventure program. The students then made detailed sketches of their...

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Our visiting scientist program was going strong after 21 years, but we needed to make some changes. When we conducted evaluations of Global Village, people told us the name was confusing because it didn't sound like a science program. So when our committee set out to...

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Mann 4th graders take a closer look at earth science

She came to Mr. Hayward's 4th-grade class in a Tyvek suit, hard hat, respirator, and goggles. Trained as a geologist, Mann parent Tricia Feeley looked a bit like a space walker. Really she was there for a series of Global Village* presentations on the land and water...

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Mann 5th graders design their own miniature city

The Mann 5th graders were shown architectural examples that could inspire them to design a rectilinear building (with straight lines), but they were also told to pull ideas from their own lives as inspiration. The students spent 2 class periods designing their...

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Hatch 5th graders reach for the sky

We live outside a city that has a large and diversified skyline. We see it all the time, up close or even, on a clear day, from Oak Park. Adrienne McMullen, local architect and coordinator for OPEF's Architecture Adventure programming, used this local treasure trove...

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Let’s dance! Mann kindergartners get a move on

It's common knowledge that kindergartners like to move. Asking them to sit still in a classroom for long stretches is a tall order. Enter Corey Nagel. As part of OPEF's Art Start program, this dance and preschool instructor had Mann kindergartners movin'. But not...

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