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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 Code Camps

During summer 2016, OLCDC, in partnership with FEF, will offer intensive six-week camps for middle and high school students designed to improve their academic performance and expose them to computer programming and its link to a variety of STEM careers. In the middle school camp, students will learn to build and program robots, and in the high school program, students will focus on advanced computer programming and game design.

In addition to exploring math and science in action though programming, students will work daily with certified math teachers to learn and review math content prescribed by Florida State Standards. They also will practice standardized test-taking strategies; prepare to successfully transition to middle and high school with guidance from school counselors; plan for college with help from counselors and college representatives; tour college campuses; receive career planning advice from professionals working in various fields; and visit cultural and scientific venues to add realism to their studies.

To sign up for a Summer Code Camp, please email Monica Montes @ FEF or call (813) 272-2772.

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