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Are iD Tech Summer Camps Worth the Cost?

Are iD Tech summer camps worth the cost?

In addition to running the nation’s leading STEM summer camps, many of us are parents who send our own kids to iD Tech programs year after year. We know what it’s like to want to provide meaningful, magical summer experiences for our children.

That said, it’s no surprise that we care deeply and passionately about providing the highest-quality technology camps in the country. Are we perfect? Absolutely notwho is?  Are we a human business that needs to continually refine? Definitely. Are we an inexpensive camp? No. But are we worth the cost? Families across the country are responding with a resounding “YES!”

id-tech-cost-value-testimonialWhy? Because with an unprecedented blend of elite instruction, access to industry standard software and hardware, exposure to collegiate life, and good, old-fashioned summer fun, iD Tech programs empower students to succeed in college and take on the tech world.

Since 1999, our family company has instructed and empowered over 235,000 students. Some go on to start their own companies or found nonprofits that make the world a better place. Others land coveted jobs at tech powerhouses like Facebook, Google, Adobe, and Microsoft. For many students, it truly does start here. Check out our Student Success Stories.

Learn more about how our funds are allocated each season and why we don’t cut costs when it comes to providing the most impactful summer experiences imaginable for your children. We invest in the best locations, instructors, and tech products so you can invest in your child’s future.

What Are You Paying For? A Track Record of Excellence. Here’s Why It’s Worth the Cost.

130+ Prestigious Campus Locations

Our summer programs are held at top campuses across the nation like MIT, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, and UCLA. These institutions are extremely selective when it comes to hosting external programs on campus. We’ve proven our worth and earned their trust, ultimately benefiting our campers. How? Early exposure to collegiate life inspires students to dream BIG. In fact, 94% of iD Tech alumni go on to attend a four-year college.

62 Engaging Tech Courses

Electrical Engineering Camp for Girls

An iD Tech student creates an electrical engineering project using LilyPad Arduino.

Choose from Java, Minecraft, Apps, 3D Printing, C++, Python, Film, Game Design, Robotics, Engineering, and more. Our team of curriculum developers works year-round to bring to life the most innovative, relevant courses so students can stay current with the latest in tech.

Industry-Standard Software & Hardware

We partner with the biggest names like Adobe, Android, Autodesk, Dremel, Microsoft, Unity, and more, providing tools that allow students to create and innovate like the pros. With the latest and greatest tech products, your child can prepare for a world of opportunity in college and beyond.

8:1 Student-to-Instructor Ratios

We’re the first and only camp to guarantee this ratio, ensuring personalized, 1-on-1 instruction for students of all skill levels, backgrounds, and learning styles. Other camps cut costs by increasing class sizes. We don’t compromise on our ratios.

100% All-Adult, Tech-Savvy Instructors

Years ago, we bucked the summer camp trend and implemented a “No Counselors in Training” policy. Too many camps were cutting corners by “hiring” 15, 16, and 17-year-old teens as counselors. Imagine running a camp and not having to pay anyone to work there! We do things differently. We seek out the top talent and pay them better than other summer programs, thus attracting (and retaining) the best of the best. Our summer staffers are recruited from renowned universities like Stanford, Caltech, MIT, and more.

Top Workplace Award

We’ve been named a Top Workplace by the San Jose Mercury News for six years running. This is no arbitrary award. We know that a happy, well-paid staff makes for happy campers. We create an environment that ensures staff members and students alike feel inspired, motivated, and valued.

Explore our six distinct program options: iD Tech Camps (co-ed, kids ages 7-12 and teens ages 13-17), iD Programming Academy (co-ed, ages 13-18), iD Game Design & Development Academy (co-ed, ages 13-18), iD Tech Mini (co-ed, ages 6-9), Alexa Café (all-girls, ages 10-15), and Tech Rocket (year-round, online learning).

Invest in Your Child’s Future.


Mark attended iD Tech, graduated from MIT, interned at Google, then landed his dream job at Microsoft.

In an age where STEM jobsspecifically in technologyare among the highest paid and fastest growing in the country, a summer at iD Tech is an investment in your child’s future. In fact, CNN Money recently reported that students who graduate with degrees in STEM are the top paidand most sought-aftergrads in the country. Take that to the bank!

We hear from students every year…“I learned more at iD Tech in one week than I learned in a semester at school.” It’s because we’ve built a culture that is “un-school.” We package learning in a summer camp setting so our students learn to love technology without feeling like they will be tested. They can unleash their creativity without being competitive.

Rebecca iD Tech Alumna

iD Tech alumna Rebecca was honored by the White House after founding CoderDojo NYC and teaching kids and teens to code.

At the end of the day, the iD Tech experience is about tapping into the internalDrive of each student, building upon their passions, and providing a competitive edge for college and beyond.

Avoid the Waitlist. Register Today.

Camps across the country are selling out. Register today to lock in your first choice of locations, courses, and dates, and join the hundreds of thousands of students who have experienced the value of iD Tech firsthand.


  • Maria Wang

    Can you please consider offering more Robotics Engineering with VEX® at UCI? This summer there are only 2 sessions available. This class will be very popular there. I guarantee it!

    Another thought: One-week winter camps will be very popular as well.

  • elise

    Pete, is there an email I can communicate with you about a concern I have so I dont have to post it here? Thank you