BASE Camp
  • Hands-On

    Maker Day Fun

    Spend MLK Day with us! It's going to be a fun-filled STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) day for grades K-8 with unique projects using materials in unexpected ways.

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  • 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?

New programs, exciting opportunities

OPEF VEX Robotics is offering some exciting new programs this year.

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OPEF VEX begins its 11th season

Our new season brings more opportunities to more students than ever before!

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Spend MLK Day with us for hands-on maker fun!

It’s going to be a fun-filled day for grades K-8 with unique projects using materials in unexpected ways. You’ll make […]

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Welcome new VEX Robotics staff!

OPEF welcomes Kevin Berger, Kristi Braun, Steve Olson, and Griffin Waterman, to the VEX Robotics staff! “We’re so excited about […]

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

FEBRUARY 4, 2017
Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

MARCH 18, 2017
Swanky cocktail party and fundraising auction at the gorgeous Columbus Park Refectory
Details to Come!

IL MS VEX Robotics<br> State Championship

IL MS VEX Robotics
State Championship

MARCH 4, 2017
An exciting, all-day competition for the best VEX Robotics middle school teams in Illinois!

BASE Camp

Learn more about BASE Camp (now over until 2017)

BC dot

 

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

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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."