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.

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?

Irving 5th Graders Travel the World

After viewing over 40 images of famous architecture from around the world students at Irving had the chance to recreate […]

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Drenched in Fun at the 2017 Open House

A rainstorm the morning of November 4 put a slight damper on the  attendance at our first Open House in […]

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Resource 1 Challenge Grant Announced

OPEF is thrilled to announce that Resource 1, a leading IT consulting firm in the Chicagoland area, kicked off a […]

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girl reading poem

Snaps for Spoken Word

  Our Spoken Word residencies are off to a great start. Our new spoken word artist, Christian Robinson, worked with […]

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Events

Join us for these and other events throughout the year!

Summer's End Soiree

Summer's End Soiree

2018 Date TBD- 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

March 3, 2018 - 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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