BASE Camp

BASE CAMP

Rave-worthy hands-on camps covering STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

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.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Learn how your contributions can make a difference in the lives of Oak Park children.

Award-Winning Programs

Architecture Adventure

Architects design, build and explore the human-made world with K-5th graders.

Art Start

Artists animate the curriculum through visual and performing arts with K-2nd graders.

Geared Up

3rd-grade students engineer simple machines using specialized LEGOs.

Science Alliance

Working scientists conduct experiments and lead field trips with 3rd-8th graders.

Spoken Word

Middle schoolers find and cultivate their unique voices by reading, writing and performing poetry.

Vex Robotics

Tech experts work with teams of middle schoolers to design, build, program and compete with robots.

What’s New

BASE Camp 2020

BASE Camp 2020

Mark your Calendar! Registration for BASE Camp 2020 opens February 5th at noon. Our full list of 2020 camps can be seen here. Camp runs June 15th to July 10th. What is BASE Camp? OPEF’s summer BASE Camp offers a wide variety of STEAM-focused camps with topics such as...

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Now Offering Partial Scholarships for BASE Camp

Now Offering Partial Scholarships for BASE Camp

NEW! Partial Scholarships Available For the first time, thanks to our generous donors, we are offering PARTIAL scholarships to D97 families with campers going into grades 1-8 in the fall. If you don't qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, but still find it a...

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2018-2019 Annual Report

2018-2019 Annual Report

In the summer of 2019, we made a lasting mark outside four elementary schools, installing vibrant mosaic murals of a blooming tree. Those trees also remind us of our reinvention as an organization—branching out towards a new future while firmly rooted by our 30-year...

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Events

JOIN US FOR THESE AND OTHER EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!

Summer Scholarship Soiree

September 6, 2019 – Late summer gathering with food, drinks, and conversation–all to benefit OPEF’s BASE Camp Scholarship Fund.

Super STEAM Saturday

November 9, 2019 – Join us for a family friendly fun day of science and art in Longfellow’s new space and learn a little more about OPEF and our programs.

Battle of the Bots

March 7, 2020 – Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Bingo Bash

April 17, 2020 – Join us for Bingo Bash, a new kind of FUNdraising.

Respect The Mic Spoken Word Slam

May 2020 – Middle School Spoken Word Club members gather at School of Rock to showcase their poetry and writing skills

See Us in Action!

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“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.”

District 97 Teacher