This summer we served 90 students with our safe, in-person version of our popular Urban Biker BASE Camp and over 200 families with our fun, interactive at-home kits.

Thanks to BASE Camp Families

Thanks to our BASE Camp families who donated back $33,242 of their BASE Camp refunds to keep our programs going as we pivot to a new way of serving families in 2020-2021.


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.

2020-2021 School Year
Facing the Challenges as a Community

We want you to know that even if we do not have access to D97 schools in the coming semester or school year, we will be working with our partners and our families to deliver exciting, STEAM-focused enrichment, in a safe and meaningful way.

We’ve created a survey to capture your thoughts on how this year should look. Take the survey here.



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

Public Health Expert Visits Virtually with Mann Students

Public Health Expert Visits Virtually with Mann Students

Science Alliance, one of our flagship programs has entered the Covid age. Last week, Dr. Noel Chavez, a public health expert and Oak Park resident met with students from Tye Johnson's 4th grade class at Mann via Zoom. The kids and Dr. Chavez had a spirited and...

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2020 Virtual Poetry Slam

2020 Virtual Poetry Slam

How do you have a poetry slam when you can't gather? You do it virtually! Just like the rest of the world, our Spoken Word program had some unexpected challenges this year. But, our poets prevailed. For the first time, we had a combined Brooks/Julian club. The poets...

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Good-Beye to Mr. Ellwanger

Good-Beye to Mr. Ellwanger

One of the things that made us saddest about canceling this year's Bingo Bash was that we were losing the chance to give Mr. Ellwanger, also known as Mr. E, the 2020 Staszak Educator Award. Mr. Ellwanger started his Oak Park career as a music teacher at Beye, and...

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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