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SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

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 Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, 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.

Please note: This is a day-only program. Overnight stays are not available at this location.

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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 SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 16th season hosting summer camps at our Santa Clara University location in Silicon Valley, 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 SCU summer camps are among a handful of elite CA summer camps in the South Bay accredited by the American Camp Association.

We have chosen Santa Clara University to host our summer kids computer camps and teen camps in the South Bay because of SCU’s beauty, outstanding reputation and commitment to rigorous curriculum in the arts, sciences, business and engineering.

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is California’s oldest institution of higher learning. The campus lies on “The Alameda,” a famous stretch of road that connected Northern California to Southern California, and beyond. SCU was one of the very first iD Tech Camps locations, hosting our Santa Clara, CA computer camps as early as 1999. This SCU Silicon Valley computer camp is a campus oasis in the midst of the bustling South Bay, boasting Spanish-style architecture and beautifully sculpted rose gardens and lawns.  Convenient to Downtown San Jose, Santa Clara and the rest of the Silicon Valley area, SCU is the perfect summer day camp location.

If you are considering flying in to this location, the San Jose International airport is just minutes away. Also, there is a Cal Train stop directly across the street from the university. Come check out our summer camps!

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY FACTS

Nickname: The Broncos

Founded: 1851

Schools at Santa Clara University: There are six different schools at Santa Clara University: College of Arts & Sciences, Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, School of Law, and finally the School of Education, Counseling, Psychology & Pastoral Ministries.

Student Population: Santa Clara University has over 8,000 total students comprised of 5,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 postgraduates. The campus is a suburban oasis in the heart of Silicon Valley, making it the perfect location for our summer day camps for kids and teens.

Rankings: On the West Coast, Santa Clara consistently ranks second in master’s universities according to U. S. News & World Report. The U.S. News & World Report also ranks part-time MBA programs, and Santa Clara ranks 13th and its executive MBA program 19th in the nation. The Leavey School of Business was ranked 27th in the nation by Business Week. According to payscale.com, undergraduate alumni of Santa Clara University have a mid-career median salary of $111,000, making it the 20th highest among colleges and universities in the U.S.A.

Athletics: Santa Clara University excels in soccer and volleyball, consistently ranking among the top twenty teams nationally. The men’s soccer team has reached the championship match of the College Cup three times. The 1992-1993 Santa Clara men’s basketball team (led by future NBA MVP Steve Nash) was one of four #15 seeds to defeat a #2 seed in the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament. The president of iD Tech Camps can often be found at Bronco games rooting on the basketball team.

TESTIMONIALS FROM SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“A very friendly, approachable staff and overall program. Very suitable for the Silicon Valley culture without being too aggressive.” -John S., Parent, Santa Clara University

“My daughter had a great time here and is coming away with a new love for robotics and teamwork. Thanks for making the experience fun and interesting for her.” -Sowmya R., Parent, Santa Clara University

“My son was extremely excited throughout the camp week. He was actually excited to learn how to program in C++ and wouldn’t stop coding even after reaching home.” -Milind K., Parent, Santa Clara University

“My son had a very positive and learning experience at this iD Tech Camps. He learned new concepts and renewed his interest in computer programming. I am quite pleased with the highly enthusiastic staff and their ability to motivate the kids in this area.” -Mahesh V., Parent, Santa Clara University

“I am very impressed. My son enjoyed himself and learned quite a bit. Being in the computer industry, it makes me happy to see such a well-constructed class and enthusiastic young teachers interact with your teens.” -Irma P., Parent, Santa Clara University

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“It was great fun learning programming at iD Tech Camps. The teachers were well informed about the subjects. I am very pleased with the program because I am now comfortable with C++ programming. Thank you so much!” -Naoki T., Student, Santa Clara University

“iD Tech Camps was great! My week at camp helped me learn and gave me a positive and comfortable place to get into something I am interested in. Can’t wait for next year!” -Danielle A., Student, Santa Clara University

“Camp was great and I really learned a lot about web design and flash animation. When I needed help, I received help. I love coming to iD Tech Camps and I hope to return next year!” -Sunyoung P., Student, Santa Clara University

“My caring and kind instructor directed me through the course of my amazing week at iD Tech Camps. I learned things such as Flash Animation and how to use Photoshop. When I asked for help, my instructor always patiently explained the solution. He seemed to know everything there was to know about the programs we used. After one week at one of the best camps I have ever been to, my very own website turned out to be even better than I thought!” -David H., Student, Santa Clara University

“My experience with iD Tech Camps was fun, memorable and educational. I am definitely returning next year.” -Nicholas B., Student, Santa Clara University

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Silicon Valley teen techies market their apps — and genius – Article as Posted on MercuryNews.com

By Hannah Knowles “Anish, 16, saw his age as an advantage rather than an obstacle when he set out to create Deckshuffle. After all, if anyone knows about cell phones, it’s teenagers. Two years ago, Anish noticed that his Homestead High’s online resources were often difficult to use. So he made a mobile app where [...]

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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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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 The Sunnyvale Sun- article about our CA camps held at Stanford

Digital Kids: Summer camp teaches kids how to create iPhone apps, video games and more By Alia Wilson After rocketing off a jump and shooting into the sky, a race car lands sharply back on a track with turns and loops, not unlike something from a Hot Wheels commercial. The creation is straight out of [...]

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As appeared in The Los Gatos Weekly Times – article about our Stanford summer camps in California

Young people booting up computers for iD Tech Camp at Stanford run by Los Gatos residents By Shannon Burkey Building robots, developing the next big video game, filming and editing a movie using the latest in cutting-edge technology — these may seem like jobs for only the most technologically savvy adults, but it’s all in [...]

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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 The Saratoga News – article about our Bay Area summer camps in CA

No s’mores at this summer camp-it’s high tech By Cyrus Hedayati Computer screens at Stanford University display the latest in high-tech software, from 3D modeling and animation to web design and video game development. Students make their own movies, websites, comic books and even robots. But these students aren’t old enough to be in college, [...]

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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.