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WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS COMPUTER CAMPS

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 Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 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.

Explore our programs, courses, and dates:

Course or week sold out? Please view our other locations in Missouri.

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 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 9th season hosting summer camps in St. Louis, MO at our Washington 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 Washington University summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite summer camps located in St. Louis, MO.

Founded by St. Louisans in 1853, this prestigious 169-acre hilltop campus features predominantly collegiate Gothic architecture, including a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The award winning author T.S. Eliot is among 23 Nobel Prize winners who are members of Wash U’s alumni. The University also boasts 23 Rhodes Scholars to date.

We host our summer camps in Missouri at Washington University because the University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research. Washington University’s beautiful campus is just 14 miles south of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport near Interstates 170 and 64. Come check out our perfect day camp and overnight camp location at Washington University!

WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FACTS

Nickname: Wash U Bears

Founded: 1853

Schools and Colleges at Washington University: Washington University offers both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs through the College of Arts & Sciences, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Olin Business School, School of Engineering, School of Law, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Graduate School of Art, Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, School of Medicine, Central Institute for the Deaf.

Student Population: In 2007, with only 1,338 spots at the undergraduate level, Washington University received 22,428 applications. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2011 was a highly competitive 19% and more than 90% of freshmen coming in that year were ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Rankings: Washington University realizes that a school’s reputation isn’t all about academic rankings. Aiming to provide an all-around enjoyable college experience, Wash U was ranked #1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review in 2008, making it the perfect Missouri summer camp location. This was done without sacrificing academic integrity and their undergraduate program maintained the 12th overall ranking and the 11th spot in admissions selectivity in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report.

Athletics: The Washington University Bears participate in the University Athletic Association and compete at the NCAA Division III level. The Bears have totaled 16 NCAA Division III Championships and 130 UAA titles in 14 different sports. Going way back to 1904, Wash U’s Francis Field was the host site of the 1904 Summer Olympics. Francis is also home of the Bears’ Football, Soccer, and Track and Field teams.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Wash U alumni who have had successes in business include Global Director for General Motors Corporation Thomas J. Feichtinger; CEO of Anheuser-Busch Dave Peacock; and founder of Men’s Wearhouse George Zimmer.

Points of Interest: Some great sites to see at our Missouri summer camps in St. Louis include: St. Louis Zoo, Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Garden, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, City Museum, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the World Aquarium.

TESTIMONIALS FROM WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“I was really impressed with all the enthusiasm from the staff and how they interacted with their students during class time and in the evenings with the overnight campers.” -Kim L., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis

“The program was extremely well put together. My son worked hard every day, and on the final day, I got a chance to play his game and I can say that I was extremely impressed. I am glad he was able to participate and I look forward to him returning!” -Mikael A., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis

“Eric has attended iD Tech Camps for three years, and each year has been outstanding. The staff interaction with the students is great. The pictures on the basement are helpful for “kid sick” parents.” -Barbara S., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis

“This was my daughter’s 4th year at iD Tech Camps, and the experience was wonderful, once again. The quality of the instruction is second to none, and the staff is fun and engaging. We are thankful to have such an amazing camp available for our kids.” -Amy C., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis

“My son really enjoyed the personalized instruction and was encouraged to try what he learned in the course. Everybody should attend this camp if possible.” -Eun S., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I had a great time at iD Tech Camps. I learned many things about programming, and the many different activities were awesome.” -Andy L., Student, Washington University in St. Louis

“This camp gave me a superb insight into how video games are made. I will be sure to do this camp next year.” -Jonathan W., Student, Washington University in St. Louis

“This was one of the greatest camps I have ever been to. All of the teachers and campers were great! I also did things I never thought I could do on a computer.” -Levi G., Student, Washington University in St. Louis

“Camp was great! Friends were made, knowledge was obtained, and fun was had. If anybody, ANYBODY, wants to go into any field of game development, this is the best camp for teens and preteens alike.” -Tristan N., Student, Washington University in St. Louis

“These camps just keep getting better and better. It’s inspiring to know that there are so many people here that are dedicated to their students and helping them grow and mature.” -Justin M., Student, Washington University in St. Louis

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

“Unique” iD Tech Camps at Vanderbilt in the News!

Summer just started but it didn’t take long for a local news feature on iD Tech! NewsChannel 5 in Nashville recently paid a visit to iD Tech Camps at Vanderbilt, talking to students, interviewing instructors, showcasing projects, and more! According to anchor Rhori Johnston “Kids are having a great time preparing for their future, and [...]

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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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Interest in Science Heats up in Summer – Article as Appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News

By Sue Hoffman While some children and teens prefer to while away their summer days with play and sun, others can’t wait to challenge themselves, creating video games, performing experiments in science laboratories, building robots with interconnecting blocks, exploring marine life or inventing new contraptions from old parts. Those seeking activities in science, technology, engineering [...]

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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 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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As Appeared in The St. Louis Dispatch – article about our Missouri summer camps preparing kids and teens

iD Tech Camp prepares St. Louis youths for future By Sara Sonne Lenz Click here to read the full article about our MO summer camps

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As appeared in St. Louis Christian Parent – Digital Kids use hands-on learning to express themselves creatively by Kendra Lundgaard

March 2007 Goodbye pencil and paper.  Hello digital movies, 3D modeling, and website design. Sure, maybe the pencil and paper approach has been gone for years now; but it’s not just your typical word processing program that kids are using to unleash their creativity both inside and outside of the classroom. These days, thanks to [...]

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As appeared in Savvy Family – Byte into summer vacation by Alyssa Stahr

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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.