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EMORY UNIVERSITY

iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AT EMORY UNIVERSITY

In 1999, our independent family company set out to reinvent “camp” for the 21st century. At iD Tech Academies, we provide intensive summer tech programs for teens ages 13-18. For students ages 7-17, we also offer iD Tech Camps. Our programs are held at over 80 prestigious universities throughout the U.S., including Emory University in the Atlanta, GA area. At Emory, we offer three distinct programs: iD Game Design & Development Academy, iD Programming Academy, and 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.

PROGRAMS AT THIS LOCATION HAVE ENDED FOR SUMMER 2014.

Enrollment for 2015 begins November 1st, 2014. Click here to request an iD Tech brochure and get on our mailing list. In the meantime, continue your tech journey with Tech Rocket, our year-round, online learning platform for all ages.

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PROGRAM DETAILS

 

iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY (Ages 13-18)

2-WEEKS | CO-ED | OVERNIGHT ONLY | TEEN-ONLY | INTENSIVE PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT, LEVEL DESIGN, 3D MODELING & ANIMATION
Courses, Dates, Prices, Enrollment

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ABOUT iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

At iD Game Design & Development Academy, we offer 2-week, intensive programs covering game development, game programming, level design, and 3D modeling. Courses are for beginner to advanced teens ages 13-18. Work with industry-standard applications like Autodesk® Maya®, Adobe® Photoshop®, Unreal® Engine, and more. At our video game camp for teens, you’ll learn from elite faculty, create your own game development portfolio, tour a major game studio, meet new friends, and get a taste of the collegiate lifestyle.

  • Discover 3D modeling, game programming, level design, and more
  • Work with professional software from industry leaders including Microsoft®, Autodesk®, and Unity
  • Learn from qualified, adult faculty in small, personalized classes of 8 students maximum, guaranteed
  • Tour a major game design studio and gain insight from industry professionals
  • Show off your gaming skills in LAN tournaments (after instructional time)
  • Graduate with an online portfolio
  • Receive an (optional) Official Transcript with Continuing Education Units
  • Win GUNNAR Advanced Gaming Eyewear glasses at each session

This summer, pursue your talents and passions, and gain a competitive advantage for college and beyond.

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.

FACULTY

  • 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 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

Tuition cost includes:

  •   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)
  •   Studio tours (most locations)
  •   Outdoor activities
  •   Gaming tournaments
  •   Software savings (most courses)
  •   New skills and self-confidence

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS

OTHER TECH PROGRAMS OFFERED AT EMORY UNIVERSITY

 

iD PROGRAMMING ACADEMY (Ages 13-18)

2-WEEKS | CO-ED | OVERNIGHT ONLY | TEEN-ONLY | INTENSIVE PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT, LEVEL DESIGN, 3D MODELING & ANIMATION
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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
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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 EMORY UNIVERSITY

The state of Georgia is rapidly becoming an internationally recognized gaming hotspot. Both indie game studios and the largest independent game studio, Hi-Rez Studios of Alpharetta, GA, need top talent.

We have chosen the Emory University campus to host our intensive summer teen camps in Georgia because it is home to nine major academic divisions, numerous centers for advanced study, and a host of prestigious affiliated institutions. The iD Game Design & Development Academy is a one-of-a-kind offering for students seeking to get better at the art and science of game development. These Atlanta, GA summer camps are intended for high-school-aged students ages 13-18.

General Location: Located just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Druid Hills, Emory University is positioned along the Clifton Corridor. These are ideal summer camps for the area near Atlanta. The campus is within walking distance to a small university town center, with restaurants, coffee shops and other local attractions. Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport is located southwest of the city, approximately 25 minutes from Emory. We do not perform airport pick-ups, so if flying in, please make sure to make appropriate arrangements. Come check out our summer camps near Atlanta, Georgia!

CAMPUS LIFE & MEALS

As part of the full university experience, students will eat in university dining halls and sleep in real dorms. All meals are included.

IS GEORGIA A GAMING HOTSPOT?

The Georgia Game Developers Association intends to make the state of Georgia a nationally-recognized game development powerhouse. One of the ways the GGDA will accomplish this goal is to act as a liaison between local universities and the industry. The Atlanta area is already home to some well-recognized development houses including Hi-Rez Studios. Established in 1995, Hi-Rez Studios is the largest independent game development studio in Georgia. The studio is always looking for awesome game programmers. Lately, the company has been hiring for their next generation MMO game. Their studio is located in Alpharetta, GA. The iD Gaming Academy at Emory University seeks to act as a bridge between the high school, university and professional tracks. If you are interested in game design, you have to get started earlier and earlier in this competitive (and lucrative) field. The iD Gaming Academy is a vital stepping stone in the process.

TESTIMONIALS FROM iD GAMING ACADEMY HELD AT EMORY UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“This was an awesome camp for my son. The camp counselors were the best of all!” -Dominique S., Parent, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“I felt my son was safe, and in willing and capable hands the entire time at camp.” -Leah N., Parent, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“My son had an awesome time – his instructor was amazing and great at multitasking. I felt very comfortable with the staff and setting.” -Lori K., Parent, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“The camp director provided excellent supervision and motivation for my boys.” -Sarah C., Parent, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

WHAT ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“Being a six year veteran of iD Tech Camps, my experience this year at iD Gaming Academy proved to be amazing as well. My time at the Academy really put me further in touch with career options in gaming.” -Patricia H., Student, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“The staff is awesome! Everyone is nice and easy to talk to…good idea of putting this staff together.” -Andrew C., Student, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“This was the most fun I have had in a long while.” -Da K., Student, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“I had lots of fun at the iD Game Design & Development Academy and am looking forward to returning next year. The instructors made the experience very enjoyable.” -Matthew P., Student, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

“All of the instructors and the camp director were wonderful and helpful. They made camp extremely fun and provided great guidance.” -Erby F., Student, Emory iD Game Design & Development Academy

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

How to Give Students an Edge? MyFoxAtlanta Visits iD Tech!

Our Summer Program at Emory University is the latest beneficiary of local news coverage! MyFoxAtlanta recently brought the cameras out to camp, capturing what life is like at iD—students are building fun tech projects while learning skills required to compile resumes of the future. Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 A lot [...]

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“Training the Next Generation…”—Article as Appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal

The Marietta Daily Journal recently paid a visit to iD Tech Camps held at Emory University! Below is a short snippet, but click the link below to read the entire article. Training the Next Generation: Cobb Kids Learn at Emory STEM Camp By Haisten Willis June 23, 2014 ATLANTA — Several Cobb students are making [...]

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NBC Channel 11 comes to iD Tech Camps held at Emory

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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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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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As appeared in the News and Observer – article about our NC summer camps

Technology camp builds app-titude By Regina Wang Chapel Hill — In this summer camp, rock climbing isn’t half as cool as creating a video game about rock climbing. In a dimmed room where rows of computers replace ropes courses, campers – mostly boys – speak in programming language and make rampant jokes about Macs and [...]

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As appeared in the Observer – article about our Florida camps held at Rollins

Rollins sprouts tech kids By Amy Simpson Throughout the summer, students on break from school will spend many hours in front of a computer. But one group isn’t playing video games or surfing apps; they are learning to create them. For beginners and tech-geniuses alike, iD Tech Camps offer students ages 7-17 the opportunity to [...]

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CBS Atlanta Visits Our Emory Summer Camp

CBS Atlanta visited iD Tech Camps at Emory in 2009.  Click here to see iD Tech Camps in action!

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As appeared in The Atlanta Jewish Times – article about our Georgia video game design camps in Atlanta

Video game design at computer camp By Michael Zabinski Today, children are bombarded with countless ways to play, especially high-tech play through computers and video games. Over the past 25 years, games have progressed from the primitive two-paddle Pong to sophisticated, online, multi-player games such as World of Warcraft (over 7.5 million online subscribers) with [...]

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As appeared in Atlanta Parent – Atlanta Parent’s camp preview

February 27, 2007 iD Tech Camps is the nation’s most recommended technology camp! Weeklong day and overnight summer technology programs for ages 7-18 at 50 prestigious universities in 23 states. This includes Emory University, Vanderbilt University, UNC – Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, and Stanford University. Students create 2D and 3D video games, experience game [...]

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As appeared in Atlanta Parent – iD Tech Camps

February 2006 Experience hands-on technology fun!  Weeklong day and overnight summer technology programs for ages 7-17 at over 40 prestigious universities nationwide in 19 states and Spain.  Locations include Emory University, College of William and Mary, the University of Virginia, and Georgetown University. Learn the latest technology with instructors who make learning fun.  Film & [...]

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FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What courses are offered at this location?

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When does the program start?

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How much does this teen camp cost?

The cost for the two-week residential teen camp is US $3,699-$3,899. Check our site for special promotions. For students ages 13 and up, Continuing Education Units are available from Stanford Continuing Studies, for an additional fee. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $369 per weekend. Most students choose to stay the weekend with us.

How can I save on tuition?

Please see our current Promotions.

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 and 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 send us an email to info@iDTech.com. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

Does my student need to have a high computer IQ?

No. Most 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 materials necessary for the course will be provided.

Do you offer any other teen programs?

We also offer weeklong courses for teens at iD Tech Camps (ages 7-17). Courses and activities are divided into teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens and pre-teens will study in the same lab (but will not be mixed in the same class). Other iD Tech Academies for teens include iD Programming Academy, and iD Film Academy. We aim to strike the right balance of independence, but rest assured—students will be supervised at all times. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels, including computer gaming tournaments. (Jump to all Teen Programs)

How do I register?

To register, click here.

How do I contact you?

Feel free to 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.