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Oak Park Educational Foundation welcomes you to robotics competitions and more

Architecture. Robotics. Art. Science. Technology. OPEF programs bring experts into District 97 classrooms to work hands-on with students and teachers. These experts inspire students, mentor them, and open their eyes to interests and abilities they never knew they had. Our kids go home and say, "Guess what I did in school today!"

    Join Trailside Museum, 738 Thatcher Ave. in R.F. in welcoming spring at our free SPRING FESTIVAL on Saturday, May 4, from 10 am - 3 pm. Special spring nature activities include guided hikes, dip netting in our pond, animal encounters, nature crafts and activities for the whole family. More info: 708-366-6530 or

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    Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:00pm

    Brooks and Julian teams went to VEX Robotics Nationals!
    Posted by webmaster on March 11, 2013 

    Teams Serious Black from Julian and The Terminators from Brooks have just returned from the VEX Robotics National Championship in Omaha, March 7 - 9. Both teams survived a grueling series of 13 qualification matches and made it to the quarterfinals. Teams from as far away as Virginia, California, and even Puerto Rico participated in the event which was held in the brand new Ralston...

    Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 3:09pm

    Julian VEX Robotics students took at look at a small Hexbug toy that walks and said "we can build that!"   They got permission from their teacher to come in at lunch time to work on the project.  Then they got the opportunity to show it to the public at the Museum of Science and Industry's Robot Block Party on April 7. 

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 5:09pm

    Welcoming remarks by Angie Dodd, President of Board, Oak Park Education Foundation.
    This event took place at the VEX Robotics Competition, Julian Junior High School in Oak Park, IL, 1/26/2013

    • Welcome, fans of our young VEX engineers! I’m Angie Dodd, mother of one past and one present VEX team member – and President of the board of the Oak Park Education Foundation. OPEF is so proud to be responsible for District 97’s VEX Robotics program, which we launched in 2005 with a handful of students and just 4 robots competing against each other....

    Friday, February 22, 2013 - 9:12pm