To address the problem of summer learning loss in Miami-Dade County, the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) hosted 9 different summer camp programs designed to bring forth interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects for students in fourth through twelfth grade. The camp was offered at Miami-Dade County Public Schools, charter schools, and various locations throughout Miami-Dade County, providing more options for parents looking to keep their children engaged during the summer.
Students who participated in coding camps had the opportunity to learn about the basics of coding, game design and development, robotics, life skills, and postsecondary and career planning. The teachers at these camps used innovative techniques to keep students engaged and active throughout the 29 days of camp. As a result, students were able to explore technology up close and personal. After learning the basics, each student then decided whether to implement those skills in program animations, games, websites, or mobile applications. This summer the students were also provided Math and Literacy enhancements through a partnership with the Miami Dade County Public Schools Summer 305 program.
The camp is implemented in conjunction with OLCDC’s partner Florida Education Fund (FEF). This year, OLCDC worked closely with the Advocacy Network on Disabilities to ensure that all students with all abilities received accommodations, which allowed us to offer fully inclusive camps across all of our sites. These camps are made possible with generous funding from The Children’s Trust and the Safe Summers Grant by the Office of Vice Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III of the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners.
Check out some pictures from the Summer Camp programs.
This article was originally published in the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation weekly email newsletter.