BASE Camp
  • Summer 2017 BASE Camp

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    Rave-worthy hands-on camps covering STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) from June 19-July 14 (no camp July 4).

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  • Community Art Project

    Mosaic Mural

    Oak Park Education Foundation is partnering with Brooks Middle School and OPRF High School’s art teacher Tracy VanDuinen, a nationally renowned mosaic muralist, to create a 600-square foot mural at Brooks Middle School in honor of Gwendolyn Brooks 100th birthday

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  • Creating

    "Aha" Moments

    Children learn with their hands, exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) interactively and collaboratively.

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  • Making

    Connections

    Our experts bring real-world insights and hands-on
    projects to all District 97 students and teachers.

  • Ensuring

    Inclusivity

    Every K-8 Oak Park public school student participates in
    at least six free hands-on residencies during their time in D97.

Award-Winning Programs

Free to Oak Park District 97 Students

Architecture Adventure

Architecture Adventure

Architects design, build and explore the man-made world with K-8th graders.

Art Start

Art Start

Artists animate the curriculum through visual and performing arts with K-2nd graders.

Geared Up

Geared Up

3rd-grade students engineer simple machines using specialized LEGOs.

Science Alliance

Science Alliance

Working scientists conduct experiments and lead field trips with 3rd-8th graders.

Spoken Word

Spoken Word

Middle schoolers find and cultivate their unique voices by reading, writing and performing poetry.

VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics

Tech experts work with teams of middle schoolers to design, build, program and compete with robots.

What's New?

2017 Respect the Mic! Spoken Word clubs perform on April 25th at School of Rock

Join us on Tuesday, April 25th Spoken Word club members from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on […]

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OPEF VEX sweeps top awards at state

On Saturday, OPEF teams battled it out at the State Championship and won a record 7 awards!

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OPEF on the move in D97 classrooms!

We’ve had an exciting few months filled with dancing and yoga-loving teaching artists, creative scientists, and math-inspired visual artists visiting […]

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Annual Staszak Gala on March 18: Save the Date!

On Saturday, March 18, at the Columbus Park Refectory, the Oak Park Education Foundation will host the William C. Staszak […]

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Spoken Word <br> Poetry Slam

Spoken Word
Poetry Slam

APRIL 25, 2017
Poets from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage to showcase their poetry and writing skills

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

2018 DATE: TBD
Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

2018 DATE: TBD
Swanky cocktail party and fundraising auction at the gorgeous Columbus Park Refectory
Details to Come!

BASE Camp

Learn more about BASE Camp (spots still available for 2017 summer camps)

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See Us In Action!

<span style="color:#FFF;">District 97 Teacher</span>

District 97 Teacher

"There isn't any other part of our curriculum that is like this. It gives students a glimpse into a very specific world of science through a person who is making a career of it, but it also carries over into our everyday science units in school. I appreciate the time the scientists give this program."