• The William C. Staszak 25th Anniversary Gala a big success

    Thank you to the attendees, sponsors, donors and organizers for throwing a wonderful party to celebrate OPEF's 25th anniversary and raise funds for its programming.
  • Student Art Show & Sale at School of Rock, April 16-May 7

    Kick-off party, free and open to the public, April 16, 6-8 PM. Hear Julian and Brooks bands and check out 40 original music posters on display and available for purchase!
  • Libbey Paul joins Oak Park Education Foundation's staff

    Libbey Paul will serve as Director of Communication & Development for OPEF.
  • Art + Science = Creative Fun

    Hatch first graders explore science topics through art with 3 different Art Start projects.
  • BASE Camp Registration is now open!

    Choose from 20 different creative, educational hands-on camps for kids entering grades 1-8, most with multiple sessions, June 16 -- July 11. Options for one- and two-week programs, 1/2 day or full day, in Oak Park.
  • Dance instructor Corey Nagel gets Mann kindergartners moving

    Students experimented with creative movement, incorporating lights, colors, shapes, and sounds. Their project culminated in a final performance in the Mann auditorium.
  • Dr. Ben Stark grows mold with Beye students

    Science Alliance scientist demonstrates the importance of single cell organisms with 4th graders
  • Art Start student work on exhibit at Village Hall

    Beautiful artwork with literary and mathematical themes on public display by Beye and Holmes 2nd graders
  • OPEF VEX Robotics win State Championship!

    Two of our teams take top honors at the Illinois State Championship in Batavia, Illinois.
  • Untangling the Wildlife Web

    Students in OPEF's Science Alliance enhance their study of ecosystems with Naturalist Sara Rose from the Trailside Museum.
  • Thanks to all who came to OPEF's Open House!

    It was a fun morning of hands-on activities from OPEF's Geared Up, VEX Robotics, Science Alliance, Art Start, Architecture Adventure and BASE Camp programs on February 22 at Brooks.
  • Architecture Adventure connects the influence of Chicago Architecture

    Students take a hands-on approach to recreating structures that have been influenced by Chicago Architecture.
  • OPEF's program helps bring communities to life

    Students from Holmes use Legos to construct local buildings to scale.
  • BASE Camp Gadget Day is on a Roll

    Kids from in and around Oak Park enjoyed a day of learning and creating during a day off from school.
  • 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.
  • Deduction by Dissection

    Lincoln Elementary 5th graders take a hands-on approach to their anatomy lesson.
  • Julian 6th graders get hands-on introduction to falcons

    Students dive in to their lessons on birds of prey though OPEF's Science Alliance program.
  • Mann 3rd graders create their own machines

    Students learn to be young engineers through OPEF's Geared Up program.
  • 2nd graders at Beye dance their way through history

    Students enhance their understanding of our history with the art of dance.
  • Hatch 4th graders get to know Chicago architecture

    Kids create a mural of the city's skyline at Hatch School, inspired by their field trip downtown.
  • Girls play a big role in the growth of OPEF VEX Robotics

    For the third year in a row, the number of girls participating in OPEF VEX Robotics has increased. Find out how the women of our program are rocking technology!
  • 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.
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!"
4/16-5/7: Student Art Show & Auction at School of Rock
4/23-4/26: VEX World Championship
6/16/14-7/11/14: BASE Camp
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