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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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 Columbia University in New York, NY. 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 New York.

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 COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 9th season hosting summer camps at our Columbia 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 Columbia University summer day camps are among a handful of elite summer camps located in New York City.

Our summer academic camps at Columbia University offer students the chance to take in rich Ivy league culture while learning cutting-edge tech skills. Originally named King’s College, Columbia was re-named in 1784 to embody the patriotism that ignited America’s quest for independence. Pulitzer Prize winning writer and Columbia alumnus Herman Wouk described it as a place of “doubled magic” in which “the best things of all human history and thought” were contained. Columbia is an elite member of the Ivy League and a world-class institution particularly renowned as a center for research. Now over 250 years old, Columbia University is as rich in history as our country itself.

The campus is easily accessible by New York City subways and buses, making it easy to commute to this summer camp in New York. Columbia University is an excellent option for a day camp in the Tri-State area.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY FACTS

Nickname: Lions

Founded: 1754

Student Population: The highly selective Columbia University only admitted 8.9% of applicants for the Class of 2013, one of the lowest rates in the nation. A racially diverse school, Columbia has accumulated a student body that is made up with 52% of all students identifying themselves as persons of color. Additionally, of the class of 2013, 50.3% of all undergraduates will be receiving some form of financial aid.

Rankings: Tied with the University of Chicago, Columbia’s undergraduate school is ranked 8th among national universities by the 2010 U.S. News and World Report, making it the perfect academic summer camp location. They are also ranked 7th among world universities and 6th among universities in the Americas by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Athletics: The Columbia Lions are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete with 29 varsity sports teams. One hundred blocks north of main campus at Morningside Heights is where the Lions football team plays their home games.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, actors and more make up a large portion of the Columbia alumni group. This list includes: 26th President of the United States (1901-1909) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Theodore Roosevelt; 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt; 34th President of the United States (1953-1961) Dwight Eisenhower; President Barack Obama; Actor James Franco; Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; Actor Ed Harris; and Grammy Award winning singer and composer Alicia Keys.
Points of Interest: New York Aquarium, The City Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Madison Square Garden, American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Washington Square, and Union Square.

TESTIMONIALS FROM iD TECH CAMPS HELD AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“Our son absolutely loved his week at iD Tech Camps (and he’s usually very hard to please)! He looked forward to going every day, was excited about his project and said that he’d really learned a lot. The staff members were fantastic – enthusiastic, knowledgeable and always helpful. Thanks so much for a rewarding and fun-filled learning experience!” -Jeannie C., Parent, Columbia University

“The setting is good, the staff friendly and the program well organized. Thank you for a fun week.” -Elisabeth R., Parent, Columbia University

“I am very satisfied with the camp staff for their great work and support for my son. I will definitely send him again to iD Tech Camps next year. Most of all, my son enjoyed it very much.” -Haeyoung L., Parent, Columbia University

“We appreciate getting to meet the instructor and seeing and playing the game my son created. The diploma ceremony was very positive, giving individual and personalized, positive comments about each student showed how much the instructors came to know and appreciate each of the kids.” -Norah M., Parent, Columbia University

“My son and his friend had a fantastic time at camp this week! Thank you.” -Margo D., Parent, Columbia University

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“We didn’t only get to program our games, but we also got to play computer games, board games and play outside. All of the instructors were very helpful…It was really fun.” -Haley S., Student, Columbia University

“I had a lot of fun using the programs. I made a lot of new friends and I hope to come back next year!” -Noah S., Student, Columbia University

“I was not sure how much of an entire programming language I could learn in a week, but after completing my final project, I feel like I have really learned some key aspects of Java™. Enough so that I want to pursue the language and delve into more advanced programming.” -Jacob C., Student, Columbia University

“It takes skills to make anyone want to do something for 7 hours straight. iD Tech Camps did this to me with programming.” -Ryan L., Student, Columbia University

“Camp was cool – the instructors are fun and they care about you and your work.” -Amy G., Student, Columbia University

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Summer Travel? iD Tech in the New York Times!

How far would you travel to attend iD Tech? For some families, it isn’t a matter of a 10-minute drive to a neighboring city, or even a 2-hour trek down the highway to attend summer camp. Instead, some are hopping on planes and making the journey to a completely different country. From Japan to the [...]

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Minecraft camp on Long Island draws young fans – Article as Appeared in Newsday

By Beth Whitehouse July 29, 2013 In a classroom at Adelphi University in Garden City, 13-year-old Chris is creating “petrified boots” for his Minecraft video-game character, boots that will let his character jump from higher locations without being injured. He’ll add them to his arsenal, which includes, among other things, a jet pack for flying. [...]

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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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Want to Make Your Own iPhone App? – Article as Appeared in The Fiscal Times

Looking for insight into what camp is really like?  Here is a great article told from the point of view of a past iD Tech Camps student, detailing what it takes to make your own iPhone app.   Below is a small portion of the write up, which talks about our camps in NY, the benefits [...]

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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 New York Times – When the Tech Guy Is 13 (or Even 10) by David H. Freeman

Amazing New York Times article about 10-year-old twin brothers, Ross and Scott Padalino who attended our New Jersey summer camps held at Princeton! By David H. Freeman Donald Garner Jr. was at his auto-salvage lot shooting the breeze last year when a customer mentioned that her nine-year-old twin sons had just gotten back from computer [...]

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As appeared in The Times of Trenton – article about video game development at our NJ summer camps

Youngsters learn ways to turn hobbies into potential careers at high-tech camp STAFF WRITER PRINCETON BOROUGH — As his 9- and 10- year olds peers watched, Theo’s hands flew across his keyboard, jabbing at the “w” key and the spacebar. Under Theo’s expert command, his hero, “Doughnut Man,” jumped from one slice of toast to [...]

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As appeared in The Times of Trenton – article about our NJ tech camps held at Rider

Move over crafts this summer camp is high-tech By Allie Ward LAWRENCE — Although the traditional summer camp must-haves include cabins, ghost stories and s’mores, this summer, at Rider University, campers are in for something a little different — technology. Celebrating its third season at Rider and 11th overall, internalDrive’s weeklong iD Tech Camps give [...]

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My Fox TV New York Visits iD Tech Camps

My Fox New York  visited iD Tech Camps  on June 24, 2008.  Click here to see iD Tech Camps in action!

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As appeared in The Princeton Packet – article about our East Coast summer camps in NJ

Technically speaking: Camps for today’s whiz kids By Kristin Boyd INSTEAD of sleeping past noon or lounging by the pool, 13-year-old James Nitsch has spent his past two summers at iD Tech Camp. There, he says, trained instructors taught him how to use computer codes like Lego blocks, stacking one on top of another to [...]

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As appeared in The Poughkeepsie Journal -article about our NY kids computer camps held in Westchester

 Kids get plugged in at tech camp By Erikah Haavie Ian Slakas was looking for something special to give his friends during his birthday party next week. He decided on video games he would create. ”It wouldn’t be the average thing to give out,” said Slakas, an 11-year-old from Croton, Westchester, County. Slakas is among [...]

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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.