BASE Camp 2021 Update

REGISTRATION for Summer 2021 Is Open

LIVE Spoken Word Club Is Back

Our Spoken Word Club is back, live and in person. Registration is required.

OPEF Makes Magic

OPEF Makes Magic for students everyday. But, join us May 21st for an all-ages, virtual and interactive Magic show featuring acclaimed magician Dennis Watkins.


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-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

Magical Prizes for a Magical Night!

Magical Prizes for a Magical Night!

By this point in the Pandemic, we're all about ready to get away, one way or another. That's why we're so excited about the raffle prizes for our upcoming Evening of Magic. We'll help you get out of town, out of the house, or maybe a little bit out of your mind!...

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Spoken Word Club Is Back!

Spoken Word Club Is Back!

We are thrilled to announce that nearly a year after we had to put our in-person Spoken Word club on hold, we can now invite students back for a spring season of creativity and self-expression. WHAT: Spoken Word Club WHO: Students from both Brooks and Julian Middle...

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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