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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 Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. 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.

Please note: The use of the location name is strictly for the purpose of identifying the location at which iD Tech is delivering the program. iD Tech is not a university-sponsored program. The summer camps are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Northwestern University.


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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iD TECH CAMPS (Ages 7-17)

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!



  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.


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



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. After you enroll, you’ll be able to network with other families. Yep, we built an app for that.


This is our 14th season hosting Evanston, IL summer camps at our Northwestern University location. 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 summer day camps held on the Northwestern University campus allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen the Northwestern University campus to host our summer academic camps for teens and kids. Northwestern University is recognized both nationally and internationally for the quality of its educational programs at all levels. Our summer camps in Evanston border the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan and lie only 12 miles north of downtown Chicago.

NU is often considered one of the best universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Places to check out while at Northwestern University include the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum, and the Grosse Point Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.

O’Hare International airport is only 15 miles west of Northwestern, making camp accessible for students joining our IL summer camp location from out of state. Evanston is also accessible by train. Come and check out our Chicago area summer camps!

Please note: The summer camps are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Northwestern University.


Find more details about Northwestern University by going to www.northwestern.edu.

Mascot: Willie the Wildcat

Founded: 1851

Schools at Northwestern University: NU currently has six undergraduate schools, with its most popular being the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences that hosts 51.2% of undergraduate students. 17.2% of the students are enrolled in the McCormick School of Engineering, 14.7% in the School of Communication, 8.4% in the Medill School of Journalism, 5.0% in the Bienen School of Music, and 3.4% in the School of Education.

Student Population: Northwestern enrolls about 18,000 students a year, with the following breakdown: 8,284 undergraduate, 8,249 graduate, and 1,495 professional students. Females represent a slightly larger portion of the undergrad population at 51.6%.

Rankings: Northwestern is large and considered a highly residential research university. It offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs, and awarded 2,089 bachelor’s degrees, 2,665 master’s degrees, 462 doctoral degrees, and 416 professional degrees in 2006–2007.

Athletics: Northwestern is an original member of the Big Ten Conference and the conference’s only private institution. The University fields 19 intercollegiate athletic teams (8 men’s and 11 women’s) that compete at the Division I level in the NCAA. The most notable and successful NU teams include men’s soccer, wrestling, swimming, golf, men’s tennis and women’s tennis, softball, fencing and lacrosse.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Many of those who have attended Northwestern have accomplished greatness in their respective areas, including entertainment, business, sports and politics. This list includes: Academy Award-winning actor/writer/director Warren Beatty; Emmy Award-nominated actor for his work on TV show Scrubs Zach Braff; model Cindy Crawford, Emmy Award-winning actress for TV show Seinfeld Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Chairman and CEO of Citigroup Women and Company Lisa Caputo; President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company Douglas Conant.



“My 12-year-old son loved seeing his original comic book character pop off the page and onto the screen! Thanks for helping him realize his dream of learning 3D animation and modeling using the Maya software.” -Demetrius W., Parent

“The Camp Director rocked! Saftey was number one prioity which made me feel great since this was my son’s first experience with this camp. Definitely coming back.” -Aja H., Parent

“This was our first experience with iD Tech Camps, but probably not the last. We weren’t sure what to expect, but my son clearly enjoyed the projects and interaction with other kids who share his interests.” -Kris T., parent

“Great counselors, well organized and very personable. My son had a great time and was excited to go to camp every day. We are looking forward to next year.” -Suzanne W., Parent

“I was particularly impressed with the conversation and comments my son’s instructor shared with me at the end of the week. Sometimes you wonder what the kids are doing during camp…You know they are having a blast, but are they learning something genuine and buildable? After the weekly showcase, I felt very good as a parent that I sent my son to iD Tech Camps. It will be easy to say “yes” when he asks to return next summer!” -Jennifer B., Parent


“iD Tech Camps is a great experience for those who want to learn things they didn’t know before. Keep up the good work, iD Tech Camps!” -Benjamin B., Student

“This camp is very educational…it has great instructors, great projects and great technology.” -Ryan T., Student

“iD Tech Camps has been the greatest thing I have done all summer. It’s fun, you learn and the instructors are amazing. I have four words for you: “iD Tech is awesome.” If I had a chance to do it again, I’d accept in a heartbeat.” -Julia R., Student

“I loved this camp so much that by the end of the first day, I knew one week was not long enough. Thank you so much for this awesome experience.” -Nicholas R., Student

“This camp is fun and interactive. It teaches you a lot about your subject, and all of the instructors are nice and cool. All of that makes this camp an awesome thing.” -Mason D., Student



Fox 9 KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul visits iD Tech Camps!

July 1, 2013 M.A. Rosko checks out a summer camp that exercises the brain. Along the way, she encounters plenty of impressive preteens. Macalester is hosting an ID Tech Camp this summer — it’s a Monday through Friday program that allows kids to design their own video games and whatever else they can dream up, [...]

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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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Learn how to make apps over vacation. Article as appeared in Time Out Chicago Kids

By Amanda Sims Meet the next Steve Jobs: Andrew. The 14-year-old from suburban Glencoe already has six apps available for download in Apple’s App Store and won a scholarship to the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in June 2012. He was one of the youngest in attendance. Andrew’s mother, Lisa, knew her son found his [...]

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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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Summer Camps in Illinois News – As Appeared in Chicago Parent

Here is an excerpt from a great article about our Summer Camps in Illinois and STEM education.  The full article is currently posted online and will appear in the March edition of Chicago Parent.  Enjoy! Science Deficit By Robyn Monaghan …But the real burst came when they sent Andrew to iD Tech camp at Northwestern [...]

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As appeared in The Pioneer Press – article about teen summer programs in IL

Teens flock to LFC to learn video game development By Stephanie Kohl Coming from all over the country, 25 students spent two weeks at Lake Forest College for the iD Gaming Academy hosted by California-based internalDrive. The Gaming Academy offered students ages 13-18 a 2-week experience in the world of video game development. The beginner [...]

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As appeared in The Chicago Tribune – article about our IL camps for kids in Chicago

Camp geek turning heads by Anne Brennan Click here to read the full article about our IL summer camps

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As appeared in The Evanston Round Table – article about our Chicago summer camps in IL

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What courses are offered at this location?

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When does camp start?

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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.