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LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AT LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

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 Lake Forest College in the Chicago, IL area. At Lake Forest College, 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.

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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
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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 LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

 

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 LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

We have chosen Lake Forest College to host our summer teen computer camps in the Chicago area because of the school’s convenient metropolitan location and lovely campus. The pristine and quiet 107-acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan and is a short walk from quaint downtown Lake Forest. With its range of architectural styles and spacious park-like landscaping, Lake Forest College has access to a variety of resources for recreation, entertainment, culture, and enrichment in the surrounding communities and nearby Chicago, making it the perfect location for our line-up of intensive summer teen camps in Illinois.

The iD Game Design & Development Academy held at Lake Forest College is a one-of-a-kind offering for students seeking to get better at the art and science of game development. The program is intended for high-school-aged students ages 13-18.

General Location: O’Hare International Airport and Midway are both 45-60 minutes away from the Lake Forest campus. Amtrak trains enter Chicago at Union Station. To reach Lake Forest from Chicago you will need to get to the Ogilvie Transportation Center where the METRA commuter train boards. The Ogilvie Transportation Center is located three long blocks north of Union Station at 500 West Madison Street, at the intersection of Madison and Canal Streets. There are two commuter lines that run to Lake Forest so be sure to board the Metra Union Pacific North Line. The train runs to and from Chicago 30 times a day.

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.

TESTIMONIALS FROM iD GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY AT LAKE FOREST COLLEGE

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“I was so impressed with the camp as a whole. It is so nice to have a place where students’ “special talents” can be recognized. My son will use this experience as a highlight on his college applications.” -Karla D., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“I was very impressed with the knowledgeable and helpful staff at the iD Gaming Academy. My son really enjoyed his time at the camp and learned a lot of information that will be beneficial for his future game software experiences.” -Tara B., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Our son entered this camp with very little programming experience and in the span of two weeks, was able to build a finished game. There are lessons he learned that he will take with him as he pursues a career in the gaming industry. Thank you for all that you did for him.” -Rosy S., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“My son received a good introduction to video game design during his time at the iD Gaming Academy. The instructors were very friendly and shared great tips on how to get into the video game design field.” -Amanda W., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Justin attended iD Tech Camps last year and enjoyed it so much that he returned this year for the iD Game Design & Development Academy. He is looking forward to coming back next year!” -Sandy O., Parent, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

WHAT ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE SAYING

“My experience at the iD Gaming Academy was quite enjoyable. I learned a lot, ate good food and made some interesting friends.” -Chris S., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“Completing my final project was so fun, and all the instructors were very knowledgeable.” -Ketki L., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“The instructors were very helpful and informative! It was fun to also see their silly side!” -Sora S., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“The iD Gaming Academy was fun and educational, and I made a lot of new friends.” -Ryan W., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

“This was definitely a good learning experience. My instructor was the best ever.” -Kyle B., Student, Lake Forest iD Game Design & Development Academy

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

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 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 Suburban Journals – What I did on my summer vacation: create video games

July 11, 2011 By Mary Shapiro Nearly 30 local kids sat, mouses clicking furiously and heads bent toward screens, in front of computers on a recent Wednesday afternoon. They weren’t playing video games. They were learning how to create programs and design for those games and other projects. They honed their knowledge of new technology [...]

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WLFI -TV Channel 18 visits our Purdue Summer Camp in Indiana

Campers collaborate on games, websites WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) –  Campers are working hard at creating video game and websites. Director Katie Taylor said that the camp doesn’t just focus on a single kind of game. “We have a variety of classes offered. Everything from game creation, arcade and platform, to programming C++ and Java™ [...]

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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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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.