• Summer 2017 BASE Camp


    Rave-worthy hands-on camps covering STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) from June 19-July 14 (no camp July 4).

  • Community Art Project

    Mosaic Mural

    Oak Park Education Foundation is partnering with Brooks Middle School and OPRF High School’s art teacher Tracy VanDuinen, a nationally renowned mosaic muralist, to create a 600-square foot mural at Brooks Middle School in honor of Gwendolyn Brooks 100th birthday

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  • Creating

    "Aha" Moments

    Children learn with their hands, exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) interactively and collaboratively.

  • Making


    Our experts bring real-world insights and hands-on
    projects to all District 97 students and teachers.

  • Ensuring


    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?

Your Clutter Is Needed!

What does it take to have a fun, educational summer? Apparently it takes 35 empty 2-liter soda bottles, golf balls, […]

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Whittier 3rd graders move the world with simple machines

How do you get a room full of third graders to stay interested as the school year winds down? Bring […]

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students playing harmonica

Longfellow 2nd graders bring music to Belmont Village

On May 17, Mr. Podlasek’s second grade class brought music, singing, and lots of smiles to the residents of Belmont Village. […]

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Mini-explosions catalyze student fascination with chemistry during Science Alliance field trip

What do hydrogen peroxide, gummy bears, glycerol, Mentos and household insulation all have in common? They were all part of […]

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Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

2018 DATE: TBD
Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

2018 DATE: March 17th
Swanky cocktail party and fundraising auction at the gorgeous Columbus Park Refectory
Details to Come!

Spoken Word <br> Poetry Slam

Spoken Word
Poetry Slam

2018 Date: TBD
Poets from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage to showcase their poetry and writing skills


Learn more about BASE Camp (spots still available for 2017 summer camps)

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


See Us In Action!

<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."