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UC BERKELEY

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT UC BERKELEY

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In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. Today, we’re the number #1 tech camp on the planet. Our summer technology programs for kids and teens are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. At this location we offer iD Tech Camps. We guarantee a maximum of 8 students per instructor for personalized learning, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

 

iD TECH CAMPS (Ages 7-17)

WEEKLONG | CO-ED | DAY CAMPS | OVERNIGHT CAMPS | AGE SEGMENTED
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, APPS, WEB DESIGN & MORE
Courses, Dates, Prices, Enrollment

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ABOUT iD TECH CAMPS

Our summer computer camps for Kids & Pre-Teens ages 7-12, and Teens ages 13-17 are segmented by course and age. Teens will study, socialize and eat with other teens, but may be in the vicinity of younger students during lab time. Yes, we’re a tech camp, but we do not sit in front of digital devices all day. We provide a well-balanced, fun summer camp experience that is age-appropriate for kids, pre-teens, and teens.

Imagine a small group learning environment where the curriculum is tailored to you. A place where you build your STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in intimate clusters of just 8 students maximum per instructor, and collaborate with new friends. You’ll gain confidence, explore a unique college campus, and get a taste of the collegiate experience. This isn’t just camp. It’s a portal to a fulfilling future, in college and beyond.  Join us this summer at our kids camps and teen camps—learn iPhone® and Android™ app development, programming with C++ or Java™, video game design, web design, moviemaking, robotics, and more.  Get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors, and build critical 21st century STEM skills. Beginner or advanced, we offer a customized learning experience. Do something big this summer!

LEARNING

  • 8:1 Ratio Guarantee: We do it differently—this isn’t school. We guarantee 8 students per instructor for personalized learning. Every time.
  • Personalized Instruction: Your path, at your pace. Most of our courses are beginner through advanced. If a course has prerequisites, you’ll be notified during registration.  You’ll be immersed in a blended learning environment using our iD Game Plan 2.0 engine, along with one-on-one instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows you to learn at an appropriate, customized pace.
  • Project-Based Curriculum: At iD, you learn by doing—it’s hands-on. You’ll work with industry-standard hardware and software, complete a final project, create an online portfolio, and bring your new tech knowledge into the real world.

STAFF

  • Adult-Only Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, adult-only instructors to teach our courses and supervise our kids and teens.  We recruit from thousands of candidates, and select from the best.  It doesn’t hurt that we’ve been named a Top Workplace 4 years in a row, and that we have the reputation as the #1 Tech Camp on the planet. The top talent works at iD.
  • Best of the Best: Many iD instructors are students or graduates of prestigious universities like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, and Yale. Some are industry professionals. Others began as iD students and have returned to give back to the next generation of innovators!

MEALS

  • A Taste of College: We eat right in the university dining halls! Meal plans are available for Day Campers and Overnight Campers.  The food is generally good at most campuses.  More and more campuses are paying attention to important details like organic and sustainably-farmed food sources, kosher and vegetarian options, and a variety of overall healthier options.

SAFETY & RISK MANAGEMENT

  • American Camp Association® Accreditation: iD Tech Camps is Accredited by the Southern California Region of the ACA—and we spread those best practices to each of our programs across the country.  Being ACA Accredited means we have met over 300 health and safety requirements.
  • Background Checks: We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all summer staff members.
  • CPR & First-Aid: All program locations are staffed with CPR Certified Directors and instructors.
  • Risk Management Training: Our staff members attend in-person risk management training, and our content is updated every year as conditions change.

TUITION

The following are included in tuition cost:

  • Custom iD t-shirt
  • iD Diploma with instructor insights
  • 8:1 student to instructor ratio guarantee
  • Final project portfolio with pen drive
  • Access to online curriculum after camp
  • Campus tours (most locations)
  • Outdoor activities
  • Gaming tournaments
  • Software savings (most courses)
  • New skills and self-confidence

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ABOUT THIS UNIVERSITY

Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus. Want to Carpool? Go green and save some green when you carpool to camp. Sign up for our Carpool app in My Account to see the other families in your area that are interested in carpooling.

ABOUT UC BERKELEY

This is our 14th season hosting summer camps in Berkeley, CA at UC Berkeley. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). If you are looking for other locations in the Bay Area, we also offer summer camps at Stanford University, St. Mary’s College of Moraga and Santa Clara University, to name a few.

We have chosen UC Berkeley to host our kids summer computer camps and teen camps in the San Francisco Bay Area because Berkeley’s academic departments consistently rank among the top five in the country. This campus is an oasis that preserves much of the tranquil beauty of California’s early years. The wooded 178-acre central campus area is known for its architectural and historical landmarks as well as the scenic passage of Strawberry Creek traversing the campus from end to end.

The UC Berkeley campus is the oldest of all ten University of California campuses. The campus overlooks San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. The university is frequently rated the #1 public university in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

The campus is approximately 30 miles from both San Francisco and Oakland Airports and is an excellent urban-based option for our multiple San Francisco Bay Area summer computer camps. The campus is accessible by the Berkeley BART station (Bay Area Rapid Transit) which is located at the foot of campus. The BART train conveniently runs to Berkeley from both the Oakland and San Francisco International Airports.

UC BERKELEY FACTS

Nickname: The Bears

Founded: 1868

Schools & Organizations at UC Berkeley: UC Berkeley, often referred to as Cal, was established in 1868. It is the oldest of the major University of California campuses. There are over 130 academic departments structured into 14 colleges and schools. They consist of the College of Chemistry, College of Engineering, College of Environmental Design, College of Letters and Science, College of Natural Resources, Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of Journalism, Haas School of Business, Goldman School of Public Policy, School of Information, School of Law, School of Optometry, School of Public Health, and the School of Social Welfare.

Student Population: There are over 25,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduates.

Athletics: Cal athletes compete in the NCAA and are nicknamed the California Golden Bears. A member of both the Pacific-10 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, Cal athletics have won national titles in various sports including football, men’s basketball, baseball, softball, water polo, rugby, and crew. They have won more than 100 Olympic medals.

Rankings: UC Berkeley is ranked high for academics annually according to many well-known publications and institutions. Did you know that UC Berkeley was ranked as the #1 public university in the U.S.A according to the U.S. News and World Report? Also, according to the National Research Council, 35 of 36 Berkeley graduate programs rank in the top 10 in their respective fields. The Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Berkeley third in 2008.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: This is a short list of the many well-known graduates of UC Berkeley: Norman Mineta, 14th United States Secretary of Transportation and namesake of the Mineta San Jose International Airport; Governor Jennifer Granholm, first female governor of Michigan; Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer; Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel; Scott Adams, creator of the comic strip Dilbert; Alice Waters, celebrity chef, founder of Chez Panisse and the originator of California cuisine; Astronaut Margaret Rhea Seddon.

TESTIMONIALS FROM UC BERKELEY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“This is a great, organized summer camp experience. I love the creativity and the new skills learned. Great camp!”-Dagmar S., Parent, UC Berkeley

“My son was totally engaged for the entire week. It was as if he had finally found the tribe that spoke his language. His instructor was helpful, patient and enthusiastic. My son is very inspired!” -Sandy M., Parent, UC Berkeley

“My son had a great experience and came home from the camp with a working iPhone and iPad app. He learned a lot at camp…it was a very positive experience for him.” -Carolyn M., Parent, UC Berkeley

“This is my son’s favorite camp. Even though this is his 5th session over 3 years, he likes the challenge and all of the learning that goes on. His counselors were great for the type of kid who wants to program and create games – they all speak the same language.” -Kathleen N., Parent, UC Berkeley

“I was impressed that staff remembered me after the first day! Very friendly, helpful greetings were much appreciated. A great week all round.” -Julie R., Parent, UC Berkeley

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“Other programs I have used have made platform game creation complicated and confusing, but MMF2 and my instructor made this comprehensible. iD Tech Camps is great, and I recommend it to anyone who likes technology!” -Nory K., Student, UC Berkeley

“This being my 4th year at iD Tech Camps, I can truly say it is an unsurpassed experience worth every penny and dime to its furthest and fullest extent. I have always found the activities, people and location of the uttermost quality.” -Jordan G., Student, UC Berkeley

“I loved the caring nature of the camp staff. Their experience with the tools we used was phenomenal. Even though I was using a slightly different system, my counselor was willing to research the answers to my questions!” -Linus H., Student, UC Berkeley

“This is my second year coming to iD Tech Camps. I love every summer because of the intelligent, fun and friendly staff that organizes fun and interactive activities. They also give the best material needed for success. It is a great place to interact with new people and make friends, while learning something new, in a very cool and fun way.” -Robert E., Student, UC Berkeley

“iD Tech Camps is great! I not only have fun, but I also learn valuable tech skills. I’ve had lots of fun and I hope I can attend as long as possible.” -Dylan L., Student, UC Berkeley

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity – Article as Written by The Associated Press

By Christina A. Cassidy …So-called coding camps for children are becoming more popular amid a growing effort to expand access to computer programming and inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees and careers in technology. Their rise underscores a seeming mismatch in the U.S. economy: people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tumblr founder [...]

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Camp Minecraft: How educators use the block-building game to inspire kids to code – Article as Appeared on VentureBeat.com

By Jeffrey Grubb April 17, 2013 Summer camp used to mean swimming, hiking, and bonfires. These days it could mean mines, exploding creepers, and Java™Script. Educational group iD Tech Camps is using the block-building sandbox Minecraft and other games to teach children about science, technology, education, and math (STEM). The organization holds its camps over [...]

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Teenage app makers see the world through an iPhone and Android prism – Article as appeared in the San Jose Mercury News

By Mike Cassidy You can stop worrying about the future of apps. We’re never going to run out of them, thanks largely to a young generation of app developers who are cranking out useful, trivial, ingenious and puzzling programs the way previous generations once created dance moves, mix tapes and graffiti masterpieces. Every generation searches [...]

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iD Tech Camps Featured on NPR’s Marketplace!

NPR recently paid a visit to iD Tech Camps held at UC Berkeley!  In the segment titled “Summer Camp for Young Techies,” NPR’s Queena Kim uncovers what makes iD so special for young campers with an interest in iPhone apps, summer fun, and all things tech!  Check out the clip below.

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Stanford Summer Camp Trains Kids in Tech – NBC News

NBC reporter, Scott Budman visited  iD Tech Camps held at Stanford University this July 4th! Check out the clip below. Stanford University’s iD Tech Camp allows kids to get ahead of the technology curve during the summer. They create games, apps and videos, having fun and gaining skills they might use in the future. Scott [...]

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iD Tech Camps Gives Kids a New Way to Play – Article as Appeared in The Wall Street Journal Online

Here is another great article about our summer tech camps for kids and teens! Find a quick snippet of the article below, and follow the link to WSJ.com to read the article in its entirety. Children Learn a New Way to Play at Summer Camp That Teaches Tech By Rachael King MORAGA—Eight-year-old Daniel Katari isn’t [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC’s Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

This morning, NBC’s Kathie Lee and Hoda sat down with Rory Halperin of Time Out New York Kids magazine to talk summer camps.  One of their favorites?  iD Tech Camps!  Check out the clip below for the full segment where they touch on game programming for kids, app development, and more. Visit msnbc.com for breaking [...]

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As appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek – Computer Camp: No Canoes, Just Coding (and Kickball)

Junior programmers are flocking to Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere to hone their app-writing skills By George Anders Michael Matias traveled 7,400 miles to camp this summer. Usually the 15-year-old computer enthusiast finds plenty to do in Tel Aviv, his hometown. But when a friend won renown as a hotshot programmer after attending a California tech [...]

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Kara Tsuboi, CNET reporter for CBS Newspath, visits iD Tech Camps held at Stanford University

Summer Camp for Kid Techies By Kara Tsuboi When I was a kid, I went to my fair share of educational summer programs: language camp, clay animation camp, invention camp (and I loved them all). But those are so 20th century. These days, the hot, educational activity during the summer months is tech camp, the [...]

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As appeared in the Palo Alto Daily News – Game Plan by Kirstina Sangsahachart

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As appeared in The Contra Costa Times – article about our Moraga summer camps in CA

Tech campers learn computer; social skills By Dana Sherne MORAGA — Campers of the iD Tech Camps at Saint Mary’s College come because they love the technology. But at the end of the weeklong camps, many walk away with new life skills and lifelong friends. “The thing that really sells me on (the camp) is [...]

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CNET TV Visits iD Tech Camps!

CNET TV visited iD Tech Camps in 2008.  Click here to see iD Tech Camps in action!

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As appeared in Lamorinda Weekly – Technology camp offers kids creative conduit by Jennifer Wake

July 25, 2007 By Jennifer Wake During summer, it is not uncommon to see children of all ages blissfully spending hours playing video games or controlling robotic toys, but how does it all work? Thirteen Lamorinda kids, ranging in age from 7 to 15, enrolled in iD Tech Camp at Saint Mary’s College last week [...]

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As appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle – article about our Norcal summer camps in the Bay Area

Setting up summer camp By Delfin Vigil School is almost out. Everything on television is getting, like, totally boring. And marshmallow prices are starting to skyrocket. All that can only mean one thing: Summer camp season is upon us. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean summer camp itself can be defined as one thing. These days, [...]

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As appeared in The Sentinel – article about our 3D modeling classes held at CA summer camps

Digital kids use hands-on learning at local universities By Natalie Calderon Goodbye pencil and paper.  Hello digital movies, 3D modeling, and website design. Sure, maybe the pencil and paper approach has been gone for years now; but it’s not just your typical word processing program that kids are using to unleash their creativity both inside [...]

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As appeared in The Sentinel – article about our CA tech summer camps for kids

Technology camps geared to ‘Digital Kids’ Young people today are inundated with technology. From Xboxes and TiVo to cell phones and iPods, Generation Z is connected. After watching his twelve year- old son surf the net and text message friends, business owner Peter Hanson had an idea. Why not harness his twelve-year-old’s thirst for technology [...]

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What courses are offered at this location?

Click here for the courses offered.

When does camp start?

Click here for the courses and dates offered.

How much do your camps cost?

The cost of tuition varies depending on the course, location, and camp option that you choose. Basic Day Camp ranges from $799-$1029 per weeklong course. There are additional costs for program add-ons including lunch, overnight camp, and weekend stays.

How do I enroll?

To register, please click here. Our courses sell out very fast—sometimes as early as January, so avoid disappointment and enroll at your earliest convenience. Remember, you can register now and make changes later with no penalties—we offer flexibility for the modern parent.

A thoughtful cancellation policy? Really?

We know plans change. You can register now, and make as many changes as you like (courses, locations, dates, etc.) without any fees or penalties. We only ask that you try to not make changes 3 weeks from the start of your session—there is a $35 fee within the 3-week window.

When you enroll, there is a non-refundable deposit of $250 per week. Should you need to cancel, you can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Balance payments, less the non-refundable $250 deposit, are refundable up to three weeks prior to the start of your session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within three weeks of the start of your session. If you need to cancel, we ask that you go online to My Account to cancel your session, or email us at info@iDTech.com. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

How can I save on tuition?

Please see our current Promotions.

Do you offer financial aid?

We are proud to offer tuition assistance for families who qualify. Application deadlines are announced each spring. Click here for our tuition assistance page.

Does my child need to have a high computer IQ?

No. Our courses are for beginner to advanced students. Because of our small ratios, instructors work with students one-on-one to personalize the curriculum. For courses that do contain prerequisites, we’ll notify you during the registration process so you don’t accidentally enroll a beginner student in an advanced course.

Should my student bring a personal laptop to camp?

Students do not need to bring laptops to camp. We provide a computer for each student to use for the week. All software, hardware, and other materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Do you offer any other teen programs?

We have weeklong courses for teens at iD Tech Camps, plus two-week pre-college Tech Academies. iD Tech Camps is for ages 7-17, with courses and activities divided into teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens will be in the same lab vicinity as the pre-teens (but will not be mixed in the same class). Students will be supervised at all times. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels.

At select locations, we also offer iD Tech Academies for teens. These include the iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Programming Academy, and iD Film Academy. These intensive two-week teen programs include tours of nearby industry studios, instruction from experienced faculty, and portfolio building workshops. (Jump to all Teen Programs)

How do I contact you?

Please phone us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227, or email us at info@iDTech.com. If you’d like a brochure sent to you, please click here.