iD Tech Camps students in Tampa will discover how their passions and talents can ultimately develop into success in college and a future career.
This summer, Tampa area students ages 7-17 can experience an innovative mix of summer fun and technology education at iD Tech Camps, now hosted on the University of South Florida campus. Powered by internalDrive, iD Tech Camps is the national leader in summer technology education, and offers courses ranging from game design with Minecraft, Unreal® Development Kit, Portal™ 2, and RPG Maker®, to programming with Java™, Scratch, and C++. The new University of South Florida summer camp site provides another opportunity for kids and teens to learn valuable STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) concepts in small-group environments with a maximum of eight students per instructor.
“We want to show students in Tampa how to expand on their technology skills and interests, so they will be ready to take on the booming technical job market,” says iD Tech Camps President and CEO Pete Ingram-Cauchi. “The University of South Florida campus is our third iD Tech Camps site in Florida—we also offer programs at Rollins College in Orlando, and University of Miami in Coral Gables.”
Located in the heart of Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida is one of the nation’s top research universities. iD Tech Camps students will enjoy the close proximity of the dining hall to the computer labs and dorms—parents will appreciate a convenient drop-off/pick-up location. All facilities are air-conditioned, and students will dine on campus, with unlimited servings of home-style foods, grill items, pizzas, salads, and desserts. During fully-supervised breaks, students can visit the campus bookstore, or purchase snacks from the market next to the dining hall, which features Jamba Juice, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Ben & Jerry’s, and more.
The programs are fun yet challenging and prepare students to fill lucrative careers of the future. Occupations in STEM are projected to grow 17% over the next ten years (U.S. Department of Commerce), and many jobs may go unfilled if students aren’t equipped with enough technological know-how. Engaging kids and teens in technology from a young age can lead them toward STEM careers, as well as provide a competitive edge for college applications.
All iD Tech Camps programs are hosted on university campuses, giving students insight into the collegiate experience. Through project-based learning, students attending the University of South Florida site can learn to code Java™, design games in Minecraft and develop 3D role-playing games. Students will leave camp with a final project they can be proud of, and knowledge they can carry into college and the workforce. By blending traditional summer camp with progressive technology education, iD Tech Camps at the University of Southern Florida will provide a productive balance of recreation and learning.