BASE Camp
  • BASE Camp

    Rave-worthy hands-on camps covering STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math).

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  • Creating

    "Aha" Moments

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

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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.

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Award-Winning Programs

Architecture Adventure

Architecture Adventure

Architects design, build and explore the human-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?

Building Sustainable Dream Homes (on a budget)

For three weeks 5th graders at Longfellow spent their art time working with architect Maya Bird-Murphy creating their Sustainable Dream […]

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Everybody Wants to Be King

Ms. Utter’s second graders at Longfellow Elementary embarked on a musical journey to Pride Rock, culminating in a roaring performance […]

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2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available

December is a great time to reflect on the events and news of the previous year. We love creating our […]

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Spoken Word Expands to 6th Grade

Thanks to a partnership with D97, OPEF’s popular Spoken Word residencies have expanded to include 6th grade as well as […]

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Summer's End Soiree

Summer's End Soiree

September 7, 2018- Luscious late summer gathering with food, drinks, and conversation.

Open House

Open House

November 3, 2018 - Join us for a family friendly fun day of science and art and learn a little more about OPEF and our programs.

Fundraising Party

Fundraising Party

March 15, 2019
Join us for a new kind of fundraising event coming to the 19th Century Club this spring.

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

Date TBA - Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Spoken Word <br> Poetry Slam

Spoken Word
Poetry Slam

DATE TBA
Poets from Gwendolyn Brooks and Percy Julian Middle Schools gather on stage to showcase their poetry and writing skills

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."

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