• OPEF launches its first "Call for Ideas" in six years

    Help us create our next great program by submitting your ideas before January 9!
  • Register today for BASE Camp: Build3 Day

    Join us on Monday, January 19, 2015 for a fun day-off of school BASE Camp.
  • Geared Up has grown up and gone to Julian Middle School

    7th-grade science students used LEGO windmill kits to explore alternative energy concepts.
  • Lincoln 1st graders show intense focus with OPEFís Art Start

    Award-winning artist, art educator and Lincoln parent Guillermo Delgado engages the students, teaching more than just drawing.
  • Mann 5th graders explore Prairie Style Architecture

    The students were challenged to draw only straight lines in this Architecture Adventure project
  • The moon measurement tradition continues at Longfellow

    Dr. Sally Laurent-Muehleisen returned for her 7th year helping 3rd graders make astrolabes in this Science Alliance partnership
  • Two OPEF VEX Robotics Teams Reach Quarterfinals

    Four teams from Brooks Middle School took on high school students at their first tournament of the season.
  • Mr. Manus and Dr. Stark continue their 20+ year Science Alliance

    IIT's Dr. Stark discussed air pressure and flight with Beye 4th graders.
  • Informitics will match up to $5,000 in gifts to OPEF's VEX Robotics Teams at Brooks and Julian

    The teams are working to meet a stretch goal in order to buy two additional competition arenas.
  • 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 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!"
1/19/15: BASE Camp Build3 Day
2/7/15: VEX Robotics Battle of the Bots
2/28/15: OPEF Open House
4/11/15: Staszak Gala
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