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TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT TEXAS CHRISTIAN 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 Texas Christian University in beautiful Fort Worth, TX. At TCU, 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 TEXAS CHRISTIAN 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 TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

This is our 3rd season hosting weeklong Fort Worth, TX summer camps at Texas Christian University. Our popular summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.. 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).

We have chosen Texas Christian University to host our summer teen camps in the Dallas area because of the school’s reputation as a top national institution—as recognized by the U.S. News and World Report. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, TCU is a Tier 1 University with firm liberal arts roots. The university offers 118 undergraduate majors that include the popular Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering.

Located in Fort Worth, and founded in 1873, TCU is a private university that boasts a vibrant academic community composed of new and updated facilities. The University encourages discovery, leadership and creativity through a “culture that enables the search for meaning and success”—making it the perfect Texas summer camp location.

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY FACTS

Motto: Knowledge is Power

Founded: 1873

Student Population: Almost 10,000 students, with over 7,000 undergraduates. Women make up 57% of the student population.

Campus: The campus is located near downtown Forth Worth, and covers 272 acres.

Rankings: TCU is ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 University.

Athletics: TCU is a NCAA school and competes in the Mountain West Conference. Their Horned Frogs teams are traditionally rivals with the SMU Mustangs of Dallas.

Distinguished Alumni: Notable alumni include James Cash, Jr., a board member of GE and Microsoft, John Davis, a billionaire entrepreneur, Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, and Travis Schuldt, an actor on Scrubs.

TESTIMONIALS FROM TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“Kooper had a great time at camp. He was able to learn new things that will hopefully jump start a future career.” -Lewana P., Parent, Texas Christian University

“My daughter had a lot of fun. Definitely wants to come back.” -Terry R., Parent, Texas Christian University

“Thank you for making it a great experience. I do appreciate the extended drop off and pick up times. Very helpful.” -Geeta G., Parent, Texas Christian University

“Our son had an amazing experience at camp. It was his first time away from home and the counselors and director could not have been any more helpful. They were nothing short of amazing in helping in absolutely ANY way possible. I could sing the praises of his instructor for the rest of time! We will definitely be attending again next summer!” -Emily S., Parent, Texas Christian University

“Pick up and drop off was soo easy. Thanks for delivering our kiddos to us. My child was so excited to come each day.” -Ashleigh H., Parent, Texas Christian University

“Loved the experience!! Thank you for taking good care of my son this week. Great NEW college campus experience, dorm life, and fun new friends who also love to learn new things about MineCraft!! Thank you for teaching them and encouraging them to design and create on their own!! We WILL be back! Appreciate ALL you guys for a great week!!” -Cindi-Marie L., Parent, Texas Christian University

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

“I had a great time here and will definitely come back next year to try something new and to do the overnight experience. I look forward to downloading the toolkit we used onto my computer and using it.” -Nick Y., Student, Texas Christian University

“If you like video games, funny teachers, and making friends, then you’ll LOVE this camp!” -Preston Y., Student, Texas Christian University

“Great people, both the campers and the staff. Every. Single. Year. I love it. Best camp ever.” -Spencer W., Student, Texas Christian University

“Great Instructors made the Programming in Java™ extremely fun and interesting. Now I want to learn even more about Java™ programming.” -William T., Student, Texas Christian University

“This camp has been very fun. I hope to come back some day for another program. The camp leaders were fun, energetic, and there was seldom a question you could ask they didn’t know.” -Breighton C., Student, Texas Christian University

 

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Playing Computer Games Is Encouraged at This Summer Camp – Article as Appeared on KUHF Houston Public Radio

By Florian Martin Summer time is camp time for many kids. Often, that means spending the days and nights with others somewhere outside, often near water. And then there are camps like the one offered at the University of Houston this month. So-called coding camps or tech camps are not your traditional summer camps. Instead [...]

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NBC News 4 San Antonio visits iD Tech Camps!

Summer Camps That Make Your Child Smarter! by Erica Guevara

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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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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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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.