BASE Camp
  • BASE Camp

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

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  • 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.

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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

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?

Announcing the 2017-18 VEX Robotics recruitment

District 97 middle school students interested in participating in the OPEF VEX Robotics program must attend a Student Interest Meeting in September at their school.

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Exciting changes for OPEF VEX this season

Exciting changes are coming to the OPEF VEX Robotics program this year that will make this season our most exciting yet!

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Learn More about Oak Park

One of the best things about BASE Camp is the way it connects students not only to each other, but […]

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OPEF VEX Robotics completes its 11th season

A look back at the 2016-17 season in which we served more kids in more ways than ever before.

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Summer's End Soiree

Summer's End Soiree

September 8, 201 7 - Luscious late summer gathering with food, drinks, and conversation.

Open House

Open House

November 4, 2017 - Join us for a family friendly fun day of science and art and learn a little more about OPEF and our programs.

Staszak Gala

Staszak Gala

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

Battle of the Bots

Battle of the Bots

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

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

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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