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UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

COMPUTER CAMPS HELD AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

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 the University of Houston in Houston, TX. 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.

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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 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON COMPUTER CAMPS

This is our 8th season hosting Houston, TX summer camps at our University of Houston 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).

The University of Houston’s 560-acre campus includes lush greenery, fountains, sculptures, and recreational fields surrounding modern classrooms, high-tech laboratories and study facilities. Its proximity to the heart of the nation’s fourth largest city, Houston, is also quite an advantage.We have chosen UH to host our summer camps because it is Texas’ premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution. UH stands at the forefront of education, research and service. Likewise, the resources of the Gulf Coast region complement and enrich the university’s academic programs.

UH is located inside Loop 610 approximately 7.5 miles north of William P. Hobby Airport – making it a convenient day camp and overnight camp option in Houston. Come check out our summer camps in Houston, TX at the University of Houston!

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON FACTS

Nickname: Cougars

Founded: 1927

Schools at University of Houston: The University of Houston offers coursework through a variety of academic colleges, as follows: Hines College of Architecture, Bauer College of Business, College of Education, Cullen College of Engineering, Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston Law Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, Graduate College of Social Work, College of Technology.

Rankings: The University of Houston has been recognized for Campus Ethnic Diversity and ranked #2 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review has also recognized the academic quality of the University of Houston and has ranked their entrepreneurship program as the best in the nation. In terms of public universities who produce CEOs of S&P 500 companies, the University of Houston ranks 5th according to Bloomberg Markets.

Athletics: The University of Houston Cougars are members of Conference USA, and since the conference was formed in 1995, UH has won a respectable 33 titles. The University of Houston sponsors 16 intercollegiate programs, with their most successful programs being men’s golf, men’s basketball (five NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four appearances), and men’s baseball (two appearances in the College World Series). In addition, the University of Houston has produced more than 50 Olympic athletes, who have brought home 33 medals, 19 of which were gold medals.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Those in entertainment who have attended the University of Houston include actor Dennis Quaid; actor Randy Quaid; country music singer Kenny Rogers; and former Managing Editor and Anchor for the CBS Evening News Dan Rather. Cougars who have gone on to success in professional sports include former NBA Center for Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors Hakeem Olajuwon. Other notable alumni include the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Mary Kay Ash, and founding developer of WordPress Matt Mullenweg.

TESTIMONIALS FROM UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING

“My son could not wait to head off to camp every day! I felt he was well taken care of and excited that he was able to spend the week at a university doing something he loves.” -Melissa K., Parent, University of Houston

“I was very impressed with the organization, counselors and facilities. A very positive experience that I would not hesitate to recommend to others.” -Cameron P., Parent, University of Houston

“My son had a great experience. I appreciate all the effort of the staff to help my son with his project. He is now excited to tackle this project at home. Thank you to all the staff members for this wonderful experience.” -Giovanni T., Parent, University of Houston

“I loved the interaction with the camp counselors during check-in and check-out. My son loved his course and felt that he was learning new things every day.” -Kellie B., Parent, University of Houston

“My son had an awesome time at iD Tech Camps. It was a great opportunity to combine his creative skills with computer skills.” -Angela D., Parent, University of Houston

WHAT CAMPERS ARE SAYING

This was a great camp, and now I know how to make my own map on Unreal Tournament. I’m definitely coming back next year.” -Billy F., Student, University of Houston

“Everything I have experienced at iD Tech Camps was great. The instructors were helpful, accommodating and overall fun people to be around. Best experience I’ve had this summer…” -Matthew L., Student, University of Houston

“My instructor was a good teacher and all of the others were also very cool. I cannot think of a single complaint. I learned what I wanted to learn and had fun while doing it. The skills I have learned will help me later in life through hobbies and possibly careers. In total, I believe that this camp was very worth it, and I will gladly return next year if I get the chance.” -Timo F., Student, University of Houston

“I really enjoyed coming to this camp every day. I liked working with the instructors who were very knowledgeable about the particular subjects we had chosen to learn about. All-in-all I enjoyed my experience here and made many lasting friendships. Thanks iD!” -Adam Y., Student, University of Houston

“The camp was fun and full of gaming experiences! I have enjoyed meeting other people with the same love of technology!” -Zoe H., Student, University of Houston

iD IN THE NEWS

NEWS

Clements graduate takes Facebook, Google by storm – Article as Appeared in the Houston Community Paper

By Cory Stottlemyer From creating iOS apps to interning at Facebook and Google, rising University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign junior Matthew Dierker has already compiled an enviable resume that has made the Clements graduate a leader amongst his peers. From kindergarten until his freshman year of high school, Dierker had dreams of becoming a broadcast news [...]

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UH tech camp encourages future STEM students – Article as appeared in The Daily Cougar

By Laura Gillespie July 22, 2013 Houston area students ages 7 to 17 will attend the UH’s Computer Camps, a series of week-long camps hosted by iD Tech Camps, to teach children the essentials of programming and design. “We are the leading summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program. What’s great about it is [...]

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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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KUHF Houston Public Radio visits iD! Playing Computer Games is Encouraged at This Summer Camp

By Florian Martin July 11, 2013 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 [...]

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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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More Than Just a Game Camps give kids a taste of tech careers – Article as Appeared in San Antonio Magazine

By Amanda Cano While most camps require parents to send their kids armed with sunscreen, bug spray and extra snacks, at iD Tech Camps at Trinity University, all they’ll need is their imagination. “We are taking students’ interests and showing them how they can make something more of it and turn it into a lucrative [...]

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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 CW39 Houston!

Want to see iD Tech Camps up close and personal? CW39 TV in Houston recently visited our summer camps held at the University of Houston and aired a brief clip on iPhone app development and more! Check it out: iD Tech Houston Summer Camps.

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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 Star-Telegram – article about video game careers

TCU academy prepares teens for career in video games By Diane Smith Enter the world of Cupcake Zombies at your peril. Once in, you’ve become a lemon that shoots forks. Your mission is to destroy the hungry cupcake zombies because it’s only through their elimination that the Food Pyramid can be rightfully reclaimed.  Does this [...]

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As appeared in The Houston Chronicle – article about learning to create video games at our TX camps

Tech Camps teach kids to create video games By Salvador Rodriguez They laugh and giggle as they make their characters jump from platform to platform, avoid traps and shoot bad guys, but don’t mistake what these kids are doing for play time. They’re actually working — testing each other’s video game designs. Thirty-seven children ages [...]

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As appeared in The Tomball Potpourri – article about our TX summer camps in Houston

While peers play games, 6th grader creates them in summer camp By Anna Schuman Northpointe Intermediate student Gabe Shah is creating a 15-level multi-player Mario computer game in his iD Tech camp. When Gabe Shah returns to school in August, his friends might tell stories of places they visited in the summer, of sites they’ve [...]

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As appeared in The Lake Houston Sentinel – article about our TX summer camps in Houston

Digital Camp: No singing “Kum Ba Yah” here  by Bob Bartel As this summer’s almost daily rains have inundated local residents, three Baytown students have found what may be the perfect summer camp: the iD Tech Camps at the University of Houston Central Campus. These camps teach kids the basics of computer programming and game [...]

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As appeared in The Houston Chronicle – article about our Houston computer camps for kids in Texas

Specialty camps-more than mere fun By Sarah Virem Click here to read the full article about our TX summer camps

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As appeared in Park Cities People – Digital kids byte into entrepreneurship

April 6, 2006 Southern Methodist University is one of the 40 locations in 19 states where iD Tech Camps will provide weeklong, beginner to advanced, advanced, hands-on summer technology courses for students, ages 7-17. From June 11 through July 31, students may take courses in Web design, digital video production, 2-D and 3-D video game [...]

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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.