• BASE Campers Showcase Best Photographs at Public Library

    During the month of August, 6th-8th graders who participated in the 2014 Summer BASE Camp will be exhibiting select photographs at the Main Branch of the Oak Park Public Library.
  • Calling all scientists, engineers, architects, fundraisers, event planners, photographers, and more....

    OPEF is looking for volunteers to help in the classroom and behind the scenes in the 2014-15 school year and beyond. Come make a difference with us!
  • OPEF's 2014 Summer BASE Camp Serves 900

    We had a great turnout for this year's camp. Check out the photos of our campers creating.
  • Chee Kim, president and co-founder of viaForensics, lends a hand at the Robotics Workshop for Girls

    Girls in 5th-8th grade participated in OPEF's 2nd annual Robotics Workshop for Girls at Julian Middle School.
  • Longfellow 2nd graders create artistic culinary masterpieces

    Ms. Djikas' second graders at Longfellow create whimsical portraits out of fruits, vegetables and more with Ashley and Kris Nelson from Constructive Chaos.
  • Whittier 4/5 students conduct chemistry experiments with Dr. Daniela Andrei

    The highlight of this Science Alliance partnership was a trip to the chemistry labs at Dominican University.
  • Longfellow 3rd graders use LEGOs to build an amusement park

    Geared Up brings simple machines to life in Ms. Ryan's 3rd-grade Longfellow classroom.
  • The William C. Staszak 25th Anniversary Gala a big success

    Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, donors and organizers for throwing a wonderful party to celebrate OPEF's 25th anniversary and raise funds for its programming.
  • Art + Science = Creative Fun

    Hatch first graders explore science topics through art with 3 different Art Start projects.
  • OPEF Celebrates 25 years

    Join us in celebrating 25 years of providing hands-on programs to Oak Park public school children in grades K-8.
Architecture. Robotics. Art. Science. Technology. OPEF programs bring experts into District 97 classrooms to work hands-on with students and teachers. These experts inspire students, mentor them, and open their eyes to interests and abilities they never knew they had. Our kids go home and say, "Guess what I did in school today!"
First day of school for District 97 is August 25
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