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CASE WESTERN RESERVE

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT CASE WESTERN RESERVE

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 Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. 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.

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 CASE WESTERN RESERVE COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 8th season hosting elite summer camps in Cleveland, Ohio at our Case Western Reserve 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 Case Western Reserve University summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen Case Western Reserve University to host our academic summer camps because of its unique campus and strong reputation as a research university. Case’s campus is a 155 acre park-like setting nestled in University Circle, an extraordinary square mile of art museums, botanical gardens and galleries, making it the cultural hub of Cleveland, Ohio. The campus’ architectural diversity runs the gamut from the traditional grandeur of Adelbert Hall to the ultramodern flair of the Peter B. Lewis building, and reflects the full range of backgrounds and interests of their students. Case Western Reserve University is an excellent option for a day camp or overnight camp program.

Case is among the country’s leading independent research universities, ranking 12th among private universities in federal funding for research. Case Western consistently ranks in the top 5 among undergraduate biomedical engineering programs. In addition, Case operates nearly 100 designated research centers and laboratories.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY FACTS

Nickname: Spartans

Founded: 1967

Schools and Colleges at Case Western Reserve University: Case Western currently offers courses through ten schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton, Case School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, School of Nursing, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies.

Student Population: Case Western Reserve has 4,356 undergraduate students and 5,458 graduate and professional students. The undergraduate student body is made up of a group that hails from all 50 states and represents 82 different countries.

Rankings: Among national universities, Case Western Reserve’s undergraduate program is ranked #41, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 rankings. Known nationally for its medical school (ranked #25 for research and #37 in primary care), Case Western is also recognized for other areas of study, such as Biomedical Engineering (ranked #6 for undergraduates and #8 among graduate biomedical engineering programs), making it the perfect location for our Ohio summer camps.

Athletics: Case Western Reserve University has participated in athletics as a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) since the early 1990s. The UAA competes at the NCAA Division III level. The university offers 10 men’s sports and nine women’s sports, with two of the teams achieving unprecedented success in the last few years.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Case Western alumni include Executive Vice President of Microsoft Robert J. Herbold; founder of Craigslist Craig Newmark; and legendary football coach of the Miami Dolphins Don Shula.

Points of Interest: Our summer camps in Ohio are located near Cedar Point Amusement Park, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Jacobs Field, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

TESTIMONIALS FROM CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“My son enjoyed his week at Case very much! The opportunity to be with other students who share his enthusiasm for computers and game design was a valuable learning experience for him. Thanks for a great week!” -Shelley B., Parent, Case Western Reserve University

“My son’s positive feedback was specific and highlighted his skills and areas for growth. Thanks for a great week!” -Rebecca H., parent, Case Western Reserve University

“My son is always skeptical about things he starts. After the first day he was ecstatic about the class. He loves playing the games but making them thrilled him immensely. Thank you for offering him this opportunity.” -Vicki F., Parent, Case Western Reserve University

“My daughter had a fantastic time!!! When she came to camp she was very shy. During camp she made a lot of friends and the experience brought her true personality out. Now she has a great deal of confidence in her ability and wants to return next year for 4 weeks. Great job iD Tech Camps…this is a good opportunity for girls. Thanks again for showing our daughter she has talent!!!” -Kim W., Parent, Case Western Reserve University

“My son had a wonderful and informative week. He’s fired up about programming thanks to this camp!” -Sandra S., Parent, Case Western Reserve University

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I had a great time and will never forget what I learned here or the memories made.” -Dakota W., Student, Case Western Reserve University

“This camp has been really exciting for me! Not only did I make new friends, but I also expanded my knowledge of Java™. This has been a really interesting, intellectually stimulating and super fun week!” -Peter S., Student, Case Western Reserve University

“This camp is great and is a fun summer activity if you are interested in a career in the video game industry.” -Henry C., Student, Case Western Reserve University

“iD Tech Camps =cool, cooler, coolest.” -Zach G., Student, Case Western Reserve University

“It is like escaping from the world and going to a place where everyone is the same…a living paradise.” -Daniel B., Student, Case Western Reserve University

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

This summer some kids are living a dream. They are at camp, designing video games – As Appeared in The Plain Dealer

By Evan Winston The room isn’t loud, but there is plenty of communication among the campers as they check out each other’s work. They use an online curriculum and get tips from instructors. “I do camps all the time, but when I saw the description for this camp I was interested to learn the things [...]

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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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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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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 Columbus Dispatch – article about our Ohio summer camps

Summer computer camps allow youngsters to expand skills in technology, design By Carrie Schedler Eight-year-old Aidan Berry sat staring at his computer, obviously perplexed. He was trying to program a video game — a simple one with soldiers shooting at one another and avoiding a low-flying plane and fireballs. No matter how he directed the [...]

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As appeared in the Toledo Blade – Today’s summer camps aim at kids’ special interests, needs

July 17, 2011 By Ashely Sepanski Video game and computer-obsessed kids can turn a hobby into work skills at one of internalDrive’s Tech Camps. iD camps give kids as young as 7 a chance to program video games, learn 3-D animation, and even make iPhone and iPad applications. The camps are available in day and [...]

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As appeared in The Chronicle Telegram – article about our Ohio summer camps in Cleveland

Whiz kids at CWRU By Rania Shakkour CLEVELAND — Eight-year-olds creating video games. Twelve-year-olds building robots. Thirty-six children, ages 7 to 17, were designing, programming and creating video games, Web sites and robots at the internalDrive Tech Camp at Case Western Reserve University this week. On Wednesday, 11-year-old Matt Avampato, of Avon Lake, was trying [...]

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As appeared in The Chagrin Valley Times – article about our Ohio summer camps for kids and teens

The Best of Camp 2007 “Of all the many camps my son has attended, this is by far the best.  As an educator, I’m extremely impressed with the quality of this program,” Connie Ryan. iD Tech Camps is the nation’s most recommended technology camp!  Weeklong day and overnight summer technology programs for ages 7-17 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.

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.