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UC SAN DIEGO

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT UC SAN DIEGO

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 San Diego in San Diego, CA. For teens ages 13-18, we also offer intensive 2-week, pre-college iD Tech Academies at select universities.  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

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!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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! (If the dining hall is closed, we will bring in catered meals or eat in the University food court). 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

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

ABOUT THIS UNIVERSITY

Please note: This map is 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. After you enroll, you’ll be able to network with other families. Yep, we built an app for that.

ABOUT UC SAN DIEGO COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 15th season hosting summer camps at UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA. 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). Our popular UC San Diego summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite Southern California summer camps accredited by the American Camp Association.

We chose UCSD to host our San Diego area summer computer camps because La Jolla, California has been called “The Best Place to Live in America.” At UCSD, sculptures and famous modern architecture can be seen throughout the campus, and students can enjoy beautiful Southern California weather between their tech classes. U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSD as the 7th best public university in the nation. UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. UCSD boasts 5 Nobel Laureates on its faculty, and has one of the nation’s highest percentages of faculty elected to prestigious national academies.

UCSD is conveniently located only minutes from downtown San Diego and a short 25 minute drive from San Diego International Airport, making it the perfect day camp or overnight camp location. Come check out our summer camps in San Diego!

UC SAN DIEGO FACTS

Mascot: UC San Diego Tritons (King Triton)

Founded: 1959

UC San Diego Academics: As a large, mainly residential research university, UCSD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and as of 2008, has granted 5,337 bachelor’s degrees, 894 master’s degrees, 488 doctorate degrees, and 125 medical degrees. They host a doctoral program that coexists with their undergraduate degree, along with professional business, medicine, and pharmacy programs. Additionally, UC San Diego offers 52 master’s programs, along with 51 doctoral programs, and 4 professional programs.

Student Population: UC San Diego has approximately 22,706 undergraduate and 1,057 graduate students. The school is organized into six undergraduate colleges and six graduate divisions.

Rankings: According to the 2009 U.S. News & World Report, UC San Diego was ranked 7th among public universities. UCSD was also selected as the “Hottest” science school by Newsweek in 2006 and in its 2008 report on best values in public colleges, Kiplinger ranked UCSD in the top 20 for both in-state value and out-of-state value (11th for in-state and 17th for out-of-state).

Athletics: UC San Diego is considered a DII school, meaning it participates at the NCAA’s division II level. UCSD’s sports include basketball, soccer, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, water polo, volleyball, crew, track and field, fencing, cross country, and softball. UCSD experienced its best athletic season in 2006-2007, where 19 of 23 athletic programs qualified for competition in the post-season. Even better, 17 of these teams went to the NCAA Championships.

Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: UCSD’s notable alumni include Nobel Prize winner Susumu Tonegawa for his work in immunology. There are also a number of science fiction authors including Kim Stanley Robinson who earned their PhDs at UCSD. Cartoon animation producer and director Mike Judge also attended UC San Diego.

TESTIMONIALS FROM UC SAN DIEGO

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“When we came to pick up our daughter, I was very glad to see her so happy and social. The game she created was excellent and the staff is very cool and hip – which is what teens need to stay positively engaged in this ever changing world. I would definitely recommend this camp to any parent whose child has an interest in art and computers!” -Rosalyn M., Parent, UC San Diego

“My son has enjoyed his experience with iD Tech Camps so much that he keeps going back every year. He has gotten his sister so excited about it that she is attending camp next week. Thank you for making this such a positive influence and a fun way to spend his summer.” -Manjulika W., Parent, UC San Diego

“The money spent on this camp was well worth it!!! My son was challenged and had an amazing experience. I love that you included outdoor activities. He is already planning on coming back next year.” -Josie G., Parent, UC San Diego

“This was a great camp and a wonderful experience. Our son was completely enthralled with the experience and has been motivated to continue his work on web design.” -David C., Parent, UC San Diego

“Very pleased to see my child get such hands-on, exclusive instruction. He is really enjoying the camp, this is the direction he wants to go for college.” -Jerome R., Parent, UC San Diego

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I had a great time learning how to build and program robots! I think there was a good amount of both free time and working time – the mix was perfect.” -Tommy S., Student, UC San Diego

“This is a truly special camp. The fact that all of the students have their own computers is awesome! I had a fabulous time at this camp!” -Nick M., Student, UC San Diego

“I made some great friends! My instructor was so friendly and truly helpful. He was the best instructor ever! The rest of the staff was amazing and the camp director was like a best friend to every camper.” -Jakob T., Student, UC San Diego

“Like always, iD Tech Camps has proven to be an amazing and thrilling camp that pleases and entertains me each and every year.” -Austin Q., Student, UC San Diego

“This camp teaches you in such an interactive way that you can’t help but have fun while learning. This camp is going to be a great memory forever.” -Daniel N., Student, UC San Diego

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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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 the San Diego Union Tribune – article about our CA camps held at UCSD

Kids develop video games, apps at “Tech Camp” By Karen Kucher Sitting at his computer, Thomas Nielsen was immersed in a video game, an imaginary world where a tiny purple squid named Inky battled the King Tomato, the Strawberry Queen and evil turnips. But Thomas wasn’t playing the game — he was creating it. More [...]

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As appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune – Kids develop video games, apps at “Tech Camp”

July 21, 2011 By Karen Kucher Sitting at his computer, Thomas Nielsen was immersed in a video game, an imaginary world where a tiny purple squid named Inky battled the King Tomato, the Strawberry Queen and evil turnips. But Thomas wasn’t playing the game — he was creating it. More specifically, he was making a [...]

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As appeared in the Daily Pilot – article about iPhone app creation at our UCI camps

Aliens invade 11-year-old’s iPhone- and he doesn’t mind By Britney Barnes IRVINE — Pulling out his black iPhone, Luke Stanback called up an app for “Alien Invasion” and started blasting space invaders from a ship. The game is pretty challenging, but Luke knows all the “cheats.” That’s because the 11-year-old created the game over the [...]

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As appeared in La Jolla Light – article about our SD summer camps for teens and kids

UCSD lets teens exercise tech talents By Dave Schwab When asked in September how they spent their summer vacations, the students in a high-tech camp at UCSD will be able to answer: “Productively.” While their peers were home playing video games, students ages 7 to 17 from La Jolla and environs and as far away [...]

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As appeared in The Ventura County Star – article about our CLU summer camps in Southern CA

This tech camps is no Flash in the pan By Terria Smith Kids and computers fill a room in California Lutheran University’s Nygreen Hall, creating digital army tanks, animals and landscapes for the computer games the students are making at iD Tech Camp. “This is very fun. It’s what I live for every year,” said [...]

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As appeared in The Rancho Santa Fe Review – article about our academic summer camps for kids and teens

Digital kids byte into being entrepreneurs April 19, 2007 Today’s youth is inundated with technology.  From Xboxes, TiVos, iPods and cell phones, Generation Z will be the most “connected” generation of Digital Kids to ever to walk the planet. After watching his twelve-year old son surf the net, text message friends, and immerse himself in [...]

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As appeared in The San Diego Union Tribune – article about our UCSD summer camps for kids in CA

Youths focus on technology during programs at UCSD By Meredith Wade DEL MAR – Some Del Mar and Carmel Valley kids are learning skills at the iD Tech Camps that their parents hope will be with them for the rest of their lives. The campers are using the latest technology to program robots, design video [...]

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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.