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VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

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 Villanova University in the Philadelphia area of PA. At this location, 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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Course or week sold out? At Villanova, we also offer iD Game Design & Development Academy for ages 13-18. Please view other nearby options at UPenn.

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 VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

 

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: 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. Sign up for our Carpool app in My Account to see the other families in your area that are interested in carpooling.

ABOUT VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

This is our 13th season hosting Villanova, PA summer camps held at Villanova University. 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 Villanova University summer day camps and overnight camps are located in Villanova, PA.

iD Tech Camps has chosen to host our summer academic camps at ‘Nova because it is one of the country’s top engineering educational programs. Recently, it was ranked the #1 “Best College” in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Located just outside one of America’s great cities, Philadelphia, Villanova’s 254-acre campus is tranquil, serene, and beautiful. Villanova University is a comprehensive Roman Catholic institution that welcomes students of all faiths and offers a wide variety of degree programs through four colleges.

Philadelphia International Airport is located 25 minutes from the Villanova campus, making it an excellent option for our multiple Northeast summer computer camps. The campus is also directly accessible by train. Come check out our Pennsylvania summer camps!

VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY FACTS

Nickname: Wildcats

Founded: 1842

Schools at Villanova University: Villanova University offers undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through different divisions: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering, Villanova School of Business, College of Nursing, and the School of Law.

Student Population: Villanova University remains a highly competitive institution, with a current overall undergraduate acceptance rate of 39%. Over 50% of incoming freshman graduated in the top 10% of their high school class, with almost 100% graduating in the top quarter of their high school class. In terms of where Villanova’s students reside, about 21% of the students are Pennsylvania residents, with the remaining 79% of students hailing from other states.

Rankings: Villanova University has always been highly regarded as a premier academic institution. In fact, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Villanova #1 for more than a decade in the Best Universities-Masters category in the northern region. Also, the Villanova University School of Law was ranked as a Top Law School by the 2009 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools.” Aside from academics, PC Magazine and The Princeton Review rated Villanova as #1 in its listing of top “wired colleges,” making it the perfect location for our Pennsylvania summer camps.

Athletics: The Villanova Wildcats have recently enjoyed great success with their men’s basketball teams. Other varsity men’s programs include baseball, cross country, golf, football, soccer, lacrosse, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. Villanova fields women’s teams in the following sports: basketball, cross country running, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, softball, rowing, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. Most of Villanova’s sports teams participate in the NCAA’s Division I and are Big East Conference members. Villanova’s Football and Men’s Lacrosse teams play in the Colonial Athletic Association, while the Women’s lacrosse team plays in the Patriot League.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Bradley Cooper, the actor who has most recently appeared in The Hangover and Wedding Crashers, attended Villanova University.

Points of Interest: Philadelphia Zoo in Philadelphia, The Liberty Bell.

TESTIMONIALS FROM VILLANOVA UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“iD Tech Camps was a wonderful experience for my son. I appreciate the staff’s enthusiasm and warm support as my son felt very comfortable at a camp where he was initially afraid “he would not know anyone.” The meal-service was excellent and the overall organization (pick-up/drop-off/sign-in and out) was excellent. It’s nice to know of a non-competitive, high-learning and fun camp in our area. We will be back next year!” -Lauren T., Parent, Villanova University

“iD Tech Camps was awesome. My son was thrilled, and enjoyed the week so much that he wants to come back for four solid weeks next time. He learned a great deal, made an intricate game and worked with helpful and supportive classmates and his instructor. Thanks for an incredible experience.” -Karyn P., Parent, Villanova University

“My son was inspired to be creative and loved working on his projects. We really appreciate the effort put into hiring good instructors and making this possible.” -Barbara S., Parent, Villanova University

“My son was very excited about the camp. He enjoyed learning Java™. The instructor shared his knowledge of the subject and provided a positive role model. My son, a highly motivated student, wants to learn more and will be back for additional camps this summer and next year. The camp sparked his interest in computer science and I know he will continue to investigate other opportunities to learn in this field. I want to thank the staff for encouraging this quest!” -Gale F., Parent, Villanova University

“Our son was utterly turned on by his first experience with Java™ programming, discovering a new world he will surely plan to explore further. Thanks!” -Michael H., Parent, Villanova University

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I had an absolutely fantastic time for my second summer at iD Tech Camps. The staff is just awesome… games, software, camp mates, facilities – all great. I’ll definitely be back next year.” -Sean W., Student, Villanova University

“I enjoyed playing games with everyone else, outdoor and online. I liked the friendly staff and their ability to make every learning moment, easy or not, fun.” -David L., Student, Villanova University

“I loved my session at iD Tech Camps! I learned so many new things from my instructor and fellow campers, including Photoshop. The food was great, the staff was friendly, and the games were awesome! I really hope to come back next year.” -Samantha T., Student, Villanova University

“My instructor was very personable and helpful in learning and project-making. The software was great and easily accessed from home. Overall, a great experience!” -Jacob G., Student, Villanova University

“Another great week at iD Tech Camps! My instructor was able to handle the group and keep us focused. I learned much more than I thought I would, and that will help me in the future.” -Will M., Student, Villanova University

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Article as Appeared in Poughkeepsie Journal – A Different Summer Camp…

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 ABC Philadelphia News!

Last night, ABC Philadelphia News aired a summer camp piece featuring our Villanova summer camps and iD Gaming Academy!  Complete with a brief student interview, the spot details two of our Pennsylvania summer programs for kids and teens.  Check out the clip below.

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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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Summer Camps in NJ and PA News – As Appeared in the Princeton Packet

Move Over Arts and Crafts by Candice Szymczak Article about our Summer camps in NJ and PA!

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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 Main Line Media News – Camp 2.0: Kids learn technology at Villanova

Monday, July 20, 2011 By Meghan Morris He’s only 7 years old, not yet a second-grader at Valley Forge Elementary School, but Adam Gould is certain of his future. He does not just aspire to be an inventor: this, he says, is what he was made for. “I was created to be an inventor,” he [...]

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As appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune – article about PA summer camp activities

Website helps connect bored kids with hands-on summer activities By Patrick Cloonan An 8-year-old might enjoy a treasure hunter’s week that uses map-reading and riddles to find hidden trails and prizes. A teenager could learn how to design unique fashions or perfect a jump shot. A soon-to-be-kindergartner’s eyes might light up at the thought of [...]

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As appeared in Parent’s Express – article about youth summer camps

Not your parents’ camp experience By Kristin Boyd When it came time to select a summer activity last year, twins Ross and Scott Padalino of Bucks County were uninterested in the typical fishing/hiking/roasting-marshmallows-on-an-open-fire/sleep-away camps. Instead, the computer enthusiasts enrolled in iD Tech Camp, where staff members taught them how to build interactive Web sites using [...]

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As appeared in My School Rocks Magazine – Camping Goes High Tech by Resa Goldberg

January 2010 by Resa Goldberg Twins Ross and Scott had such a great time at iD Tech Camp last summer they immediately began talking about going back this year. Their mom’s condition that they help pay for it would have silenced most kids. Not Ross and the Scott. But they didn’t consider opening a lemonade [...]

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As appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune – article about our PA summer camps for kids in Pittsburgh

Tech camp helps youngsters play creator By Rick Wills Click here to read the full article about our Pittsburgh summer camps

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As appeared in The Philadelphia Tribune – article about our PA summer camps for kids in Philadelphia

Technology camps open vistas

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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.