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 or four days each week at the Arts Academy of Excellence, Carrie P. Meek/Westview K-8, and North Dade Middle School and Carol City High School, 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 build and program robots, program animations or games, or code web pages or mobile apps 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

THRiVE After School Programs

OLCDC and partners offer the following after school programs on the campus of the Arts Academy of Excellence Charter School to provide Opa-locka-area youth with high quality, interactive instruction in the areas of:

  • Music Production - Students learn to use music industry production techniques and software in order to create and record their own songs for a personalized CD. To apply, please visit
  • Visual & Media Arts - Student learn fundamentals of how to think visually and help set the stage in movies, theatre, live music, and more using traditional media, mixed media, graphic design and digital media. To apply, please visit
  • Creative Writing - Rhythm Arts Poetry Production - Students learn poetry and creative writing skills as well as techniques for performing creative works. To apply, please visit
  • Dance - Students learn various dance genres, focusing on body awareness, technical facility, vocabulary, expression and personal creativity. Classes are gender neutral. To apply, please visit
  • Making & Technology - Students explore evolving technologies such as electronics, virtual reality, urban hacking, 2-D & 3-D design and fabrication. To apply, please visit
  • CodeMasters: Mobile App Lab - Students work with certified teachers to learn the mobile app design and development process and create and code their own Android apps that include high-powered features such as text-to speech, location sensing, camera integration, drawing, speech recognition, and GPS. To apply, please visit www.fefonline/code.
  • CodeMasters: Robotics - Students work with certified teachers to design and build their own robots and then incorporate coding, computer programming, science and engineering concepts necessary to make their 'bots move and operate. Tutoring is also provided. To apply, please visit www.fefonline/code.

CodeMasters Summer Tech Camps

During the summer, OLCDC, in partnership with FEF, offers 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 learn to build and program robots or focus on game or Web design, and in the high school programs, students 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 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 Summer Camps

PageSlayers Summer Camp is a 2016 Knight Arts Challenge Winner that offers summer creative writing camp sessions for rising 4th and 5th graders in Opa-locka. PageSlayers teachers are professional writers of color who specialize in poetry, fiction, short shorts, nonfiction, and more. The Camp exposes students to exceptional authors of color in South Florida; introduces students to writing styles outside of the standard elementary school curriculum; and provides 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 or call Dana De Greff at (305) 349-3385.

THRiVE Arts and Tech Summer Camp

The THRiVE Arts and Tech Summer Camp at the Arts Academy of Excellence is a three-week summer camp that provides Opa-locka area youth with high quality, interactive instruction in the areas of (1) Music Production & Recording, where students focus on learning music industry production techniques and software in order to create and record their own songs for a personalized CD; (2) Hands-On Tech, where students focus on the role of technology in the modern city and explore technologies such as virtual reality, 3D printing, electronics, fabrication, design, upcycling, and urban hacking; and (3) Visual Arts, where students work with mixed media, learn fundamental art skills, and start to develop their own artistic expression, style, and visual vocabulary.

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

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