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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Holmes 5th graders explore hearts and bones with Dr. Hines

The 5th-grade science curriculum in District 97 focuses on the various systems in the body. But what if you could have some of those systems actually brought into the classroom to see? Dr. David Hines, M.D., a veteran of OPEF's Global Village* program and a specialist...

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Our VEX Robotics grads win big with their robotic arm

Ian Parks (standing 2nd from left), Jesse Cornman (standing 3rd from left) and Luisa Vasquez (seated, right) are former members of -- and current mentors to -- the OPEF VEX Robotics Program. Bob Parks (center, standing) is a founding VEX Robotics team leader. Three...

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Whittier students capture DNA

With the help of Dr. Oliver Pergams, Whittier 4th/5th grade students in Ms. McDaniels' class used their own cheek cells to extract samples of their own DNA. Dr. Pergams began the session by asking the kids what they know about DNA. One student offered, "It's who you...

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Awesome “mosaic wall” at Brooks

Brooks art teacher Kristi Murray led 25 students this winter in creating phase two of the fabulous mosaic in a hallway that the entire student body uses every day at lunchtime. Her art club was co- taught by guest mosaic artist Sue Coombs, with help from student...

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Hatch students discover what makes the wheels go ’round

Ms. Thomas, 3rd-grade teacher at Hatch, rubbed her hands together. She asked her students why her hands scrape against each other and why they get warm and fatigued as she rubbed. Ms. Thomas was demonstrating the concept of friction and the students were soon going to...

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