BASE Camp
  • 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 free enrichment programming.

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?

Anne McNamee-Keels joins OPEF as Coordinator for Spoken Word

Spoken Word -- performance-based poetry that builds literacy and communication skills while cultivating students’ unique voices -- was the outcome of OPEF’s Call for Ideas process.

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Announcing the 2015-16 VEX Robotics recruitment

District 97 middle school students who are interested in participating in the OPEF VEX Robotics program must attend an Interest Meeting at their school.

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Summer BASE Camp 2015 breaks all records!

Completing its sixth year, BASE Camp served more Oak Park area kids than ever -- with a broader array of unique camps.

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Chicago Tribune: Robots welcome new District 97 superintendent

New D97 superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley visited Summer BASE Camp 2015, seeing various camps in action.

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

LEGOpalooza

LEGOpalooza

NOVEMBER 5, 2015
Fun adults-only LEGO-building competition and fundraiser at FitzGerald’s in Berwyn

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

FEBRUARY 6, 2016
Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

OPEF Open House

OPEF Open House

FEBRUARY 27, 2016
Free event with hands-on activities for kids and Summer BASE Camp information

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

APRIL 16, 2016
Swanky cocktail party and fundraising auction at the Oak Park Country Club

Upcoming BASE Camp

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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."