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


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


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


Every K-8 Oak Park public school student participates in at least six free hands-on residencies during their time in D97.


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-8th 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

Introducing the Bingo Bash Planning Committee

What does it take to pull off a bingo-themed party for 200 people and make sure your guests can win great prizes, enjoy yummy food and drinks, and support a great cause while having fun with friends and neighbors? The first, most important step is to deploy an...

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A Big Idea to SHINE

We know how important summer and extra-curricular activities are for children. It's a thrill to watch kids engage in active, hands-on learning, having new experiences and making new friends. We're fortunate that our donors have made our robust scholarship program...

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Announcing Bingo Bash 2019

This spring there's a whole new kind of FUNdraiser coming to town! At OPEF our mission is to provide kids with meaningful, enriching and fun hands-on educational opportunities, why shouldn't our fundraisers be the same? OK, Bingo is not exactly educational, but the...

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Summer's End Soiree

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

Super STEAM Saturday

November 2019 – Join us for a family friendly fun day of science and art and learn a little more about OPEF and our programs.

Battle of the Bots

March 2, 2019 – Exciting all-day competition for local middle school VEX Robotics teams

Bingo Bash

March 15, 2019 – Join us for Bingo Bash, a new kind of FUNdraising.

Respect The Mic Spoken Word Slam

May 7, 2019 – 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