News and Information

  • The Bradley University chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) has created a SHPE Jr. chapter at Manual Academy

    The chapter meets on Thursday's after school and does many activities including portfolio building, team building, setting goals, and engineering activities. The chapter has voted on Skyler Bailey as President, Cameron Little as Vice President, Ciera Yarbrough as Marketing, and Patricia Vasquez as Secretary/Treasurer. The chapter has been going strong for 8 weeks now. The students had been working on designing and building cardboard boats to hold two people. Their only supplies were cardboard boxes, duct tape, and box cutters. The students held the race on February 4, 2016 in the Manual Pool. One boat made it across the pool and back! The blue boat was designed by Patricia Vasquez and her team of engineering students from Bradley! What a fantastic experience and fun time for all involved. The next engineering activity is the Bradley bridge building contest! Let's all cheer on the Manual Team!

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  • Biology Classes Dissecting Frogs

    Students in Mrs. Daly's and Ms. Massanisso's Biology classes at Manual Academy discover how homologous structures are evidence for evolution through dissection. Students had a fantastic learning experience dissecting frogs looking for structures that are similar in structure and function as compared to structures in the human body to show common ancestry. Students gained more insight into the topic of homologous structures through inquiry and hands-one experience than just through lectures.

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  • First Robo Challenge

    On Saturday, December 5th, the Manual Robo-Rams hosted a First Tech Challenge regional qualifying tournament at Manual Academy. The RoboRams played host to 22 robotics teams from central Illinois, all of whom competed in 5 preliminary matches. The Manual rookie team ranked highest of all rookie teams in attendance, earning them the "Highest Ranked Rookie" award at the end of the evening. In addition, the rookie team went on to be a member of the finalist alliance taking 2nd place overall, while the veteran team made it to semifinals to be a part of the 4th place alliance.

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  • Congratulations to Manual Student

    Congratulations to Manual Academy sophomore Jahdzea (Jazzy) Rice for being accepted into the 2015 Bradley Freshman/Sophomore Honor Band. She represented Manual by participating in an event that included students from all across the state of Illinois. The performance took place on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Bradley’s Dingledine Music Center. The Bradley Symphonic Winds opened the performance.

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  • Student made Adirondack chairs for sale
    The Manual Industrial Technology Department is selling Adirondack style chairs that have been constructed by students. They are $75 each. A two seat version is  being sold for $125. All proceeds go to materials for future projects. These are perfect for the porch or patio! Please contact teacher Andrew Rice with any questions or ordering information at andrew.rice@psd150.org.
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