Robotics Courses for Teens

Ages: 13-18 (Must turn 13 by 12-31-14)
Duration: 2-week long Sleep Away Camps (weekends optional)
Skill Level: Beginner – Advanced
Ratio Guarantee: 8 Students per Instructor


VEX® Robotics Design System | ROBOTC


Prerequisite: The ability to work in teams

Equipped with the sophisticated VEX® Robotics Design System and sensors, learn coding fundamentals in ROBOTC that will command your bot. Confronted by a series of challenges, your small team will continually re-engineer its mechanical creation and fine tune its coded instructions, assessing performance and implementing effective design. Featured are STEM principles of hands-on mechanics, critical thinking and collaboration.

You and a small team in this summer robotics camp for teens will be confronted by a series of challenging tasks that continually increase in complexity, prompting you to re-engineer your robot’s mechanics and fine tune its coding instructions. By constantly assessing performance and implementing designs that you think will be the most effective, you will gain a strong foundation in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) principles of hands-on mechanics, critical thinking and collaboration. Are you up for the challenge?


You can expect roughly 6-7 hours a day of class  instruction, with plenty of time for campus excursions, socializing, outdoor activities, video game tournaments, and more. Parents want peace-of-mind and student supervision—teens want a taste of independence. At iD, we work hard to provide the right balance. We hope to make your experience valuable and memorable.



This robotics coding course is for ages 13-18 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-14).

Prerequisite: The ability to work in teams.

Our ever-evolving curriculum is designed for beginner to advanced students and features personalized instruction, allowing students to move along at their own pace with customized lessons for a fun and appropriate challenge. Instructors work closely with students and adjust the curriculum to fit their progress and their project goals.



  • Principles of robotics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics and mathematics



  • Robot C
  • VEX® Robotics Design System
  • VEX® Robotics sensors



  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Adapting to new challenges


This robotics summer camp is a great step if you are considering studying programming or robotics in college, or if you want to explore a potential career direction. Learn the basics of ROBOTC and robotics engineering from top tier instructors with industry experience.

Feel free to call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) so that we can make personal recommendations, should you need assistance.



We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, adult-only instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.


Our 2-week courses at the Academy provide you with the right amount of time to get comfortable in your field of study and put your knowledge to use with hands-on projects. You’ll have ample time to work on your online portfolio, enjoy excursions and tours of nearby facilities, relax with late-night gaming tournaments, and explore campus (Weekend Stays optional).

Week One: Get started with the basics of ROBOTC and its easy-to-use C-programming development environment as you start exploring the world of robotics engineering and programming, tackling design challenges and bridging the gap between manual and autonomous control. Investigate new software features like the built-in Natural Language function library for beginning programmers and the Virtual Robot capability, allowing you to test your robot’s functionality before finalizing your hardware design. Experiment with sensors and actuators and begin to strategize how your team’s robot will need to adapt as task parameters change.

Week Two: Think about efficiency and accuracy as you program your robot to tackle a series of challenges increasing in complexity and refinement. Learn to program for tactile/bump sensing, line following, and even people following! Design algorithms for more complex tasks like hiding, wall-following and mapping, or driving and parallel parking. Combine motors, servos, and all the powerful sensing capabilities provided by the VEX® robotic system with your new knowledge of programming to design and implement robust automated robotic systems!


Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our summer staff.



Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 5PM-6PM Sun
Pick-Up: 3PM-5PM Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: $3,699-$3,899 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Included

For beginner to advanced students, we provide immersive, pre-college courses in app development, robotics engineering & coding, game modding, and more. Programs are held at top academic institutions. Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision.

Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.

Please note: A minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration. Students attending iD Programming Academy at MIT must be in high school.


Ages: 13-18
Check-In: 8-9AM Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6PM Mon-Thu, 4PM Fri (varies by site)
Tuition: $2,899 (per 2-week session)
Meals: Lunch for the 2-week session can be purchased for an additional $110

For beginner to advanced students, we provide immersive, pre-college courses in app development, robotics engineering & coding, game modding, and more. Programs are held at top universities. NYU offers day programs only—no overnight or weekend stays.

Please note: A minimum deposit of US $500 is required at the time of registration.



Ages: 13-18
Cost: $369 (per weekend, optional)
Meals: Included

Academy sessions are two weeks in length and are all-inclusive of meals, housing, instruction, and supervision. We invite you to stay the weekend BETWEEN the two weeks—most students elect to stay. Room, board, activities, excursions, and supervision are included over the weekend. You’re also welcome to stay the weekend AFTER your 2-week program.

Please note: Program availability varies by location—please check your site of choice for specific course offerings.


Ages: 13-18
Cost: $198 (per 2-week session, optional)
Issued By: Stanford Continuing Studies

Gain a competitive edge for college—Accredited Continuing Education Units are available for purchase upon registration.


Ages: All ages
Cost: $179 (per year, optional)

Build your STEM skills year-round with our online subscription service. Learn from tech tutorials, compete in gaming tournaments, and stay connected through community forums. Tech Rocket is the perfect add-on to iD Game Design & Development Academy.


  •   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)
  •   Studio tours (most locations)
  •   Outdoor activities
  •   Gaming tournaments
  •   Software savings (most courses)
  •   New skills and self-confidence



Teens experience independent college life in a supervised environment. This pre-college program is overnight-only, so teens stay in real college dorms, eat in dining halls and get a feel for daily life on campus. Choose the recommended Weekend Stays option to have even more time to explore campus and local attractions.


iD Programming Academy students will use professional, industry-standard tools while at the Academy, including software repositories. These cutting edge technologies allow aspiring programmers to collaborate, share projects, and work in real-world coding environments. Students will not only learn to revise code and push it to the repository while in session, but also have full download access to retrieve their projects after their session. Establishing a repository sets our participants apart from their peers on college and internship applications.


Build up your resume for college by earning Continuing Education Units. Receive an official transcript from Stanford Continuing Studies (available for purchase at all Academy locations). CEU Credits demonstrate that students have completed course content of college-level difficulty.


Get a feel for future career options and meet industry professionals. Depending on session location and availability, students tour big-name studios like Turbine, Google, and more.




“Overall, just thought this was a terrific way to engage my teen who was totally psyched to attend, participate (not always the case, smirk), learn some new skills and meet some real live teenagers like himself. Thanks!” -Andrea C., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“Taking my son from his initial level of C++ programming, you propelled him so that he is excited about using it to control robots.” -William N., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“My son had a terrific time and this was his first time away from home. He really enjoyed the counselors as well as programming and the extra weekend activities. Overall, it was a great experience that broadened his horizons.” -David K., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“My son really wanted to be here. Each text message home was enthusiastic! Seems to have been an amazing experience for him … he has even asked to return next summer! Thank you for having him.” -Jennifer B., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“The camp director was great. She provided a nice style of mothering though I’m sure all these boys would have said they didn’t need that. It was a comfort to me at least.” -Lisa R., Parent, Robotics Engineering & Coding


“Being treated as an adult was refreshing. I’m going to have to come back!” -Alex W., Student, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about C++ coding and building robots.” -Antigua J., Student, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“iD Tech Camps are great! Not only do they teach kids well, but the kids have the opportunity to meet others and develop strong relationships. It is hard to describe my experience, but if I had to sum it up in one word, FUN!” -Christian G., Student, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“Great camp! If you come with prior experience or with no experience at all, you will always have fun. The only thing you really need is a good sense of humor and you are set.” -William B., Student, Robotics Engineering & Coding

“I really loved all the staff here, all of them acted like kids so it was pretty easy to get along with them and not be afraid to ask for help. All of them knew how to help and were excellent on explaining what to do to fix or improve our projects. They always gently pushed us to do challenging things. Whenever we finished something ahead of everyone they told us to add on to the project or past things we did. Nothing was ever completed until there was nothing else possible that could be done.” -Jeremy R., Student, Robotics Engineering & Coding



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Why is the iD Programming Academy the nation’s premiere pre-college destination to learn essential programming skills and STEM skills?

We offer intensive and relevant technology curriculum, taught by well-versed, accomplished faculty. The summer teen programs for ages 13-18 offer:

  • Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor
  • Intensive, college-level curriculum for beginner to advanced learners, based on the new learning engine, iD Game Plan
  • The latest industry-standard hardware and software
  • Portfolio-building workshops
  • Accredited Continuing Education Credits available at all Academy locations. Official transcripts are from Stanford Continuing Studies.
  • Industry-savvy faculty
  • An immersive university experience
  • Tours of big-name studios
  • Guest speakers at many sites

How are Academy courses different from the courses at iD Tech Camps?

Academy courses are 2-week, overnight-only programs (at most locations) for teens ages 13-18 (Weekend Stays optional). Students in the iD Game Design & Development Academy and iD Film Academy build online portfolios in addition to completing a final project. Students in iD Programming Academy utilize software repository systems and graduate with full access to their code. All Academy students have the opportunity to tour a nearby studio. Our Academies provide an intensive, pre-college experience. Comparatively, iD Tech Camps offers weeklong day camps and overnight camps for students ages 7-17. More traditional summer camp activities are integrated into the iD Tech Camps curriculum.

Where is this course offered?

This course is offered at several top universities across the U.S. View our Locations page for more information.

How much does this course cost?

The cost for the 2-week overnight program is US $3,699-$3,899. Check our site for special promotions. Continuing Education Units are available for an extra fee. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $369 per weekend.

Are there teen summer camp savings?

View our current Promotions.

What are the dates of this course?

View availability here.

How do I know if this course is open for enrollment?

For info, click here.

How do I register?

Registering online is the fastest way to get into a program. Choose your path and we’ll guide you through registration: All Teen Programs or iD Tech Camps for Kids

What if the curriculum is too easy or too hard once the course starts?

Academy programs are taught in small, personalized classes. Instructors are able to work closely with each student to customize the course curriculum to each student’s skill and experience level. Whether you are a beginner or extremely advanced, our instructors find fun and challenging ways to develop your tech skills. If you have a particular goal or project idea, instructors will work with you and guide you.

Do I need to bring any computer equipment to camp?

No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.

What “off-computer” activities are there?

Our teen programs are academic camps, but we also create a fun summer experience. The intensive curriculum and lab time are balanced out with cool excursions, trips to nearby studios and fun down time activities like gaming tournaments. Students may participate in organized outdoor sports, movie nights, campus tours, and more. Since this is a teen-only program, we try to allow students as much freedom as possible in shaping their own weeks – but students are supervised.

Do you provide transportation for students? What about Carpooling?

We do not arrange transportation for our students. For your convenience, we have created a carpool app located in My Account which is available to all iD clients after registering. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past students have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.

Who should I contact with questions or concerns?

You can phone us as 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.