BASE Camp
  • Taking on

    Real-World Challenges

    OPEF’s VEX Robotics team is recruiting Julian and Brooks students
    interested in joining an award-winning after-school program.

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  • Creating

    "Aha" Moments

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

  • 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?

OPEF Executive Director Deb Abrahamson to Retire in December

Deb Abrahamson announced today that she is retiring from the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) after 19 years of service, […]

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Save the Date: LEGOPalooza

We’re gearing up for LEGOpalooza, OPEF’s fun adults-only LEGO-building competition and fundraiser on October 27th!

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Subscribe to OPEF's YouTube Channel!

We’ve got a new YouTube Channel! Subscribe to see District 97 kids featured in the latest OPEF videos from our most popular programs.

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Announcing the 2016-17 VEX Robotics recruitment

District 97 middle school students who are interested in participating in the the OPEF VEX Robotics program must attend one of the upcoming Student Interest Meetings at their school.

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More News >

Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

LEGOpalooza

LEGOpalooza

October 27, 2016
Fun adults-only LEGO-building competition and fundraiser at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

MARCH 18, 2017
Swanky cocktail party and fundraising auction at the Oak Park Country Club
Details to Come!

BASE Camp

Learn more about BASE Camp (now over until 2017)

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Enjoy lots of photos and videos from BASE Camp 2016. Share them with your friends!

LEARN MORE ABOUT BASE CAMP

See Us In Action!

Thanks to John Condne at OPRFHS and the Julian Digital Broadcast and Communications Club for shooting and directing, to Kathryn Hempel and Michael Lippert at Cutters, Inc. and Emilio Garcia for editing, and to Atiba Jali for the music.
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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."