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VASSAR COLLEGE

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT VASSAR COLLEGE

iD Tech Camps (Ages 7-17) and iD Tech Academies (Ages 13-18)

COURSES & DATES

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 Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. At Vassar, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps, and iD Game Design & Development Academy. 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 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

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ABOUT iD TECH CAMPS

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!

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

OTHER TECH PROGRAMS OFFERED AT VASSAR COLLEGE

 

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 THIS UNIVERSITY

Please note: This map is 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 VASSAR COLLEGE

This is our 15th season hosting Poughkeepsie, NY summer camps held at Vassar College. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Our popular Vassar College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

Our New York summer camp students enjoy the full iD Tech Camps experience with our day camps and overnight camps in the beautiful Hudson Valley at Vassar College. The historic campus has buildings dating back to 1861 and is surrounded by 1,000 wooded acres. Vassar is just a few hours away from Boston and New York City, located in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Vassar College is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country and is rated one of the Top Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges.” Vassar was also voted “Best College of the Year” in TIME Magazine/The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges.

Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York is only 35 minutes from Poughkeepsie. With our Ultimate Gaming Weekend program, Vassar College is an excellent option for our teen students considering multiple weeks of summer camp in the Northeast.

VASSAR COLLEGE FACTS

Nickname: Brewers

Founded: 1861

Student Population: Approximately 2,400 students currently attend Vassar College. About 60% of these students come from public high schools, and 40% from both independent and religious private schools. Females make up about 60% of the student body, which is slightly above average when looking at liberal arts colleges. Surprisingly, 85% of those who graduate from Vassar go on to pursue advanced education within five years of leaving Vassar. In terms of faculty, Vassar employs over 270 faculty members.

Rankings: Earning “College of the Year” is quite an achievement, and Vassar did just that in 1999, recognized by Time Magazine/Princeton Review. Understandably, Vassar has been placed in Barron’s in its “most competitive” category for admissions. Also regarding selectivity, The Princeton Review gave Vassar a 97 rating out of a possible 100 in 2006. Setting a school record, Vassar’s Class of 2013 had an acceptance rate of 24%. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has also recognized Vassar as one of the ten best private liberal arts college values in the nation.

Athletics: Vassar competes at the Division III level of the NCAA, and is currently a member of the Liberty League. Competitive intercollegiate sports include baseball, basketball, fencing, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, rowing, soccer, squash and track among others. Club sports include Equestrian Team, Polo Team, and Cycling Team.

Points of Interest: When at Vassar, be sure to stop by the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Bardavon Opera House, and Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

TESTIMONIALS FROM VASSAR COLLEGE

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“This experience for the entire family was a great experience. My two boys talked non-stop about the projects, and what they wanted to continue to work on. By day 2 they were talking about what they want to learn next summer. They cannot wait to use what they learned at iD Tech Camps throughout the school year!” -Roberta S., Parent, Vassar College

“We were impressed with the professionalism of the camp staff and their level of knowledge. The entire experience was well coordinated, from the point of arrival to check-in at the Family Showcase.” -Kathy A., Parent, Vassar College

“My son referred to this week as his “week of heaven.” He truly feels accepted and with his own kind here. Everyone understands each other and are of like minds. This camp helps him so much socially and the staff is exceptional. This will help him with his long term career goals.” -Nancy M., Parent, Vassar College

“All of the instructors were kind and caring with my children. They reached out to meet our child’s individual personality and he had a great time. Thank you.” -Joseph M., Parent, Vassar College

“My son has been coming here for 5 summers and has loved each and every year. The people, the programs and the spirit so inspire him, and there is always a sense of sadness when he leaves and comes home. Next year will he be attending his first year in college and he is going for computer engineering, so this has been a great intro and phenomenal experience for him. I am sure he will never forget all the wonderful people he’s met and the education he received. Thank you iD Tech Camps.” -Patricia R., Parent, Vassar College

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“iD was an awesome camp experience. The counselors were very fun and helpful. I have made many friendships and memories, and am excited to come back next year!” -Maggie S., Student, Vassar College

“I have been attending iD Tech Camps for 6 years, and it has always been great. The instructors are wonderful and I have made many friends—what is there to complain about?” -Samuel D., Student, Vassar College

“This was my first year here and it has just been absolutely great. I loved every minute of it and will remember this for a while.” -Adam B., Student, Vassar College

“I thought this camp was an amazing experience. I got to meet new friends, design games, play outside activities and just have an all-around fun time.” -Michael D., Student, Vassar College

“iD Tech Camps is great! I learn something new every year.” -Christopher P., Student, Vassar College

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

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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A different kind of summer camp lets kids explore technology – Article as appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal

By Chris Valdez July 24, 2013 Imaginations come to life during the summer. Focused on their computers, kids at the iD Tech Camp at Vassar College created their own video games, apps for mobile devices and other programs. Across the hall, a camper with a frightening white-painted face groaned like a zombie as he chased [...]

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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 Poughkeepsie Journal – article about our NY summer camps for kids and teens

At iD Tech Camp, kids design their own computer programs By Shantal Parris Riley Young minds probed deep into the world of computers Thursday at the iD Tech Camp at Vassar College. Scores of kids, ages 7-17, sat in front of computer screens, designing from scratch games, iPod and iPhone applications, and other programs. They [...]

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As appeared in Hudson Valley Parent – 3 Great camps in Ulster and Dutchess County for Kids

March 10, 2011 By James Meyers Computers, the arts, and animals can all be found in Hudson Valley camps. The Dutchess Art Camp in Poughkeepsie, iD Tech Camp at Vassar College in Pousghkeepsie, and Camp Kindness in Saugerties are three camps that offer very specific educational activities for kids. Three With the advent of specialization, [...]

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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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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 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?

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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.