BASE Camp
  • Summer 2016 BASE Camp

    Register Now

    Rave-worthy hands-on camps covering STEAM
    (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) from June 20-July 15.
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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 has opening for part-time Development Director

This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic, creative, personable and organized individual, experienced in raising funds from individual supporters, business sponsors, grantors and events.

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Informitics $10,000 Challenge announced in support of OPEF VEX Robotics

The Informitics Challenge will help the OPEF VEX Robotics program meet its ambitious plans to significantly increase the competitive opportunities for participating kids.

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Mann skyline designers showcase work at Red Hen Bread

The 4th grade students took inspiration from distinctive skylines from across the world in the Architecture Adventure project.

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Build 4 Good BASE Camp announced for MLK Day 2016

BASE Camp has added a community service twist to its popular MLK Day camps on January 18, 2016. All K-8th kids from any school are invited to register.

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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

Learn More about Build 4 Good on MLK Day!

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Summer BASE Camp is June 20-July 15, 2016.
Learn more and register now!

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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."