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Robots, recipes and more: CPS students step up for competition season

Chicago Sun-Times Education This Week
Education This Week is our weekly recap of the biggest news in education affecting the Chicago area, Illinois, the region and the nation. Today’s edition was written by Nader Issa, the Sun-Times’ education beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter here.

Good morning,
It’s competition season for Chicago Public Schools students, and some worthy winners have taken home big prizes in the past week.
First there was the robot Lego competition, where teams of 7th graders had one hour to build a robot that could push plastic cups around a board. Around 250 students took part at nine schools on the South and West sides as part of a program geared toward students who are underrepresented in STEM fields.
A team of 23 students from Sumner Math & Science Community Academy took home first-place honors: “They’re just so excited and so proud of themselves,” Sumner math and science teacher Laurie Stalheim said. “I’m not a crybaby, it takes a lot to make me cry. … But I’m in tears today.”
A couple days later, other CPS students battled it out for the best food truck recipe. Kids from four schools pitched their ideas for a food truck, complete with menus and business plans. Then judges tasted samples of food they cooked.
A team from Vaughn Occupational won best recipe for its wide range of hand-churned ice cream made with herbs from their hydroponic garden.
You should check out both those stories by my colleagues Cadence Quaranta and Cheyanne Daniels. And then take a look at the winners of this year’s Sun-Times’ “The Imagination Project” art contest. More than 120 entries poured in, and our team selected 10 winners each from the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Check out the rest of our top stories below.
Until next week,
Nader Issa, Sun-Times education reporter
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