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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  • 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?

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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VEX teams head to State Championship after Battle of the Bots win

It was an exciting day last Saturday as 38 middle school robotics teams converged on Julian Middle School to battle for a place at the IL MS VEX Robotics State Championship.

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Register now for OPEF's summer BASE Camp!

Looking for a great summer camp for your 1st-8th grader (as of Fall 2017)? We offer awesome camps right in your backyard! BASE Camp runs four weeks from June 19 to […]

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OPEF Board selects Tracy Dell’Angela Barber as new Executive Director

On January 18, the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF) Board of Directors approved the hiring of Tracy Dell’Angela Barber as […]

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

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 gorgeous Columbus Park Refectory
Details to Come!

IL MS VEX Robotics<br> State Championship

IL MS VEX Robotics
State Championship

MARCH 4, 2017
An exciting, all-day competition for the best VEX Robotics middle school teams in Illinois!

BASE Camp

Learn more about BASE Camp (now over until 2017)

BC dot

 

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

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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.
<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."