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MERRIMACK COLLEGE

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT MERRIMACK COLLEGE

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 Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. 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.

Per Massachusetts state law, “This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.” (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

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 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: 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.

ABOUT MERRIMACK COLLEGE COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 11th season hosting North Andover, MA summer camps at our Merrimack College 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 Merrimack College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen Merrimack College to host our kids summer camps and teen camps in Massachusetts because of its world-renowned reputation and dedication to academic integrity and personal growth. Merrimack College’s campus now consists of 40 buildings and stretches 200 acres, making it the perfect summer camp location. Located in the suburban towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts, which are rich in historical and cultural heritage, the beautifully maintained campus boasts birch-lined walkways and traditional red brick buildings alongside their newly renovated and modern facilities.

Merrimack College is conveniently located approximately 25 miles northwest of Boston’s Logan Airport. You may also choose to fly into the Manchester, New Hampshire Airport, which is approximately 35 miles north of Merrimack College. With our Ultimate Gaming Weekends program, Merrimack College is an excellent option for teen students considering multiple weeks of summer camp in the Northeast.

Per Massachusetts state law, “This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.” (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

MERRIMACK COLLEGE FACTS

Nickname: Warriors

Founded: 1947

Student Population: Merrimack has approximately 2,400 undergraduates and only a handful of graduate students (15 students). 72% of the student body reside in Massachusetts, meaning the other 28% came in to attend Merrimack from out of state. A small percentage (1%) are international students and 53% of the student body is comprised of women.

Rankings: Merrimack is considered to be one of the nation’s top liberal arts schools by U.S. News & World Report, which has placed Merrimack among the nation’s top 178 liberal arts colleges in their 2010 America’s Best Colleges Guide. Merrimack also boasts one of the longest running cooperative education programs for students of all majors – making it the perfect location for our Massachusetts summer camps.

Athletics: Most of Merrimack’s 16 varsity sports participate at the Division II level. These sports include men’s and women’s soccer, lacrosse, and basketball. Thanks to the college’s academic and athletic prowess, Merrimack has garnered the #4 ranking in the country among NCAA Division II schools in the Top 100 Collegiate Power Rankings.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Merrimack alumni include: Massachusetts House of Representatives member Christopher G. Fallon; actor from TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Charlie Day; NHL Hockey player for the Minnesota Wild Matt Foy; and actor Tim Fields.

TESTIMONIALS FROM MERRIMACK COLLEGE

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“The camp was the highlight of my son’s summer. He learned a lot, made friends and I was impressed by what he accomplished. The camp staff was friendly and encouraging. Thanks so much.” -Al C., Parent, Merrimack College

“This is my son’s 6th year at iD Tech Camps, so my expectations are very high! This year’s camp was another positive experience for my son, and the staff is terrific. Equipment and facilities are excellent, dormitory was clean. My son will be back.” -Bonnie M., Parent, Merrimack College

“Great learning experience for kids that sets the foundation for their future! Extremely helpful instructors who make the kids feel comfortable as they are learning new concepts.” -Kartik S., Parent, Merrimack College

“This has been a wonderful experience which has aroused my 12-year-old’s interest in taking a Java™ class for programming as his next course. I look forward to his participating in future opportunities!” -Theresa S., Parent, Merrimack College

“Alex really enjoyed himself…A great way to break up the summer for kids too old for traditional camp and too young for a job.” -Stephanie M., Parent, Merrimack College

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“Maya was a useful tool; relevant to a real career. The instructor had a great understanding of the program, and could teach very well.” -Damon D., Student, Merrimack College

“I love this camp…I loved making games, our free time, and basically everything else! I will be back next year and the next and so on.” -Brian L., Student, Merrimack College

“I love how in the photography class, we were taught by a professional photographer and were able to go outside for photo shooting. Also, with my smaller class, we got more hands-on experience and help from our teacher.” -Brad L., Student, Merrimack College

“The camp curriculum moves right along, so campers do not get bored, but it also offers extra one-on-one assistance for those struggling. The staff is friendly and easy to interact with, as well as knowledgeable about the subject they teach. The staff is fun and full of energy, but keep a firm enough hold on the campers that the activities are organized and fun for all. This camp is truly wonderful, and the variety of the programs offered mixed with the all-inclusive games really gives the camp a unique feel. It leaves its campers with lasting, useful knowledge that they can use later, like a class would.” -Remy B., Student, Merrimack College

“I really like iD Tech Camps…it is really fun and a great experience. I learned a lot in one week; so much that it will help me for many years. The staff is great, fun, and very helpful.” -Max U., Student, Merrimack College

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

ABC 40 – Fox 6 in Amherst visits iD Tech Camps!

Kids Learning Video Game Development July 17, 2013 AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — With temperatures this hot, many kids are spending most of their time indoors playing video games. But what if they were designing those games instead?Leo is in the middle of one of the best weeks of his life, participating with his peers in [...]

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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 North Andover Citizen – article about summer camps in MA

Getting into the game By Sally Applegate August 5, 2010

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Local Massachusetts Filmmakers Join Creative Partnership with National Technology Camp

CAMPBELL, CA (PR Web) June 20, 2010 – For their upcoming 12th season, iD Tech Camps, the largest youth technology summer camp in North America, has partnered with local Massachusetts filmmakers to offer an extensive course in Digital Video Editing and Special Effects.   We’ve all been guilty of playing “arm-chair film critic,” sitting at [...]

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As appeared in The North Andover Citizen – article about our Merrimack summer camps in MA

Innovative iD Tech Camp Lets Kids Create Computer Games By Sally Applegate North Andover – The Blade of Awe has been stolen, and it is up to you to find The Prime Suspect and return the stolen sword to the king. To do so, you will have to face all the creatures in the woods [...]

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As appeared in The Eagle Tribune – article about our MA summer camps held at Merrimack

Making the game: Kids gain computer skills at iD Tech Camp By J.J. Huggins NORTH ANDOVER — Being the best gamer on the block isn’t enough for some local kids. They took the competition to the next level and attended camp to learn to create their own video games. “After I make the game, everybody [...]

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As appeared in The Harvard Post – article about our specialty summer camps in MA

Swimming, crafts-video gaming? By Lynda King Harvard — Connor Delaney says it would be hard to pick just one thing he likes best about iDTech camp. For the next two weeks the 14-year-old Harvard student, a freshman at the Francis W. Parker Charter School, will be attending the camp in Merrimack, N.H. —for his third [...]

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As appeared in The Cambridge Chronicle – article about our MA summer programs held at MIT

Catapulting into the future, Cambridge kids fuse creativity and science at tech camp By Dawn Witlin Alex O’Reilly, like most big brothers, watches over his younger sibling, Cameron, with a sharp eye. And, like most big brothers, he’s willing to be critical. “I think he’s done a pretty good job, but I also see the [...]

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As appeared in The Andover Townsman – Setting their 'sites' on the internet by Brian Davidson

February 9, 2006 By Brian Davidson What happened to the days when summer camp meant learning how to swim, or build a fire in the woods?  Kids today are less frequently taught how to handle snake bites and more often learning how to manage megabytes. Learning such 21st century survival skills is the idea at [...]

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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. Click here for pricing and options at this location.

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.