Camp kids building robots

CodeMasters After School Program

The OLCDC, in partnership with the Florida Education Fund (FEF), offers an out of school academic program--CodeMasters After School--that teaches students in grades 6-12 how to code while also providing academic support, life skills training and help with postsecondary and career planning.

During the school year, CodeMasters' students meet three days each week at target middle schools and two days per week at target high schools, where they begin their afternoons with a nutritious snack before participating in three sessions.

CodeMasters at work

In one session, students complete their homework and receive assistance and tutoring as needed. In the second session, they learn and practice essential life skills, such as anger management and decision making, and begin planning for postsecondary education and careers. In the third and longest daily session, students design, create, and invent through STEM/computer programming. They choose whether to learn to program animations or games or code web pages using evidence-based, Khan Academy, and other computer programming curricula. At the end of the second and fourth quarters of the school year, they showcase their projects at community events.

To sign up for CodeMasters After School, visit

CodeMasters Summer Tech Camps

During summer 2017, OLCDC, in partnership with FEF, will offer intensive six-week camps for middle and high school students designed to expose them to computer programming and its link to a variety of STEM careers and/or, for high school students, prepare them to earn tech industry certification. In middle school camps, students will learn to build and program robots or focus on game or Web design, and in the high school programs, students will focus on advanced computer programming, game design, digital imaging, mobile app development, Web video production, computer-aided design, animation, or e-commerce.

In addition to tech training, students will prepare to successfully transition to middle and high school with guidance from school counselors; plan for college or advanced training with help from counselors and college representatives; tour college campuses; receive career planning advice from professionals working in various fields; and visit cultural and STEM-rich venues to add realism to their studies.

To sign up for a Summer Tech Camp, please visit www.fefonline/code or call Monica Montes at (813) 272-2772.

PageSlayers Creative Writing Camps

PageSlayers Summer Camp is a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Winner that will offer creative writing camp sessions for rising 4th and 5th graders in Opa-locka this summer. PageSlayers teachers are professional writers of color who specialize in poetry, fiction, short shorts, nonfiction, and more. The Camp will expose students to exceptional authors of color in South Florida; introduce students to writing styles outside of the standard elementary school curriculum; and provide a nurturing, supportive environment that encourages creative self-expression and positive experiences with reading and writing.

For more information and to sign up for a PageSlayers Summer Camp, please visit

THRiVE Music/Maker/Dance Camp

The 2017 THRivE Music/Maker/Dance (TMMD) Summer Camp is an exciting new 6-week summer camp that will provide Opa-locka area youth with high quality, interactive instruction in the areas of (1) Music Production & Recording, where students will focus on learning music industry production techniques and software in order to create and record their own songs for a personalized CD; (2) Making & Hands-On Tech, where students will focus on the role of technology in the modern city and explore technologies such as virtual reality, 3D printing, electronics, fabrication, design, upcycling, urban hacking, and game-based learning; and (3) Dance & Movement Technique, where students will be introduced to various dance genres, focusing on the development of body awareness, technical facility, vocabulary, expression, and personal creativity. Classes are gender neutral.

To sign up for the TMMD Summer Camp, please visit or call Ashley Cover at (305) 687-3545.

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