UC San Diego Summer Tech Camps
UCSD summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at UC San Diego
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, with summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 campuses nationwide. At UC San Diego in La Jolla, CA, we offer co-ed iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17. Learn code, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!
At select locations, other co-ed options include intensive 2-week, pre-college iD Tech Academies for teens ages 13-18 and iD Tech Mini for ages 6-9. We also offer Alexa Café, an all-girls program for ages 10-15. Experience personalized learning with a maximum of 8 students per instructor, and use the best brand name products from industry leaders like Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, and Microsoft®. Innovative courses. Your pace. Your internalDrive.
Summer 2015 Courses & Dates
iD Tech Camps Program Details
Co-Ed | Weeklong | Programming, Game Design, Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Film, Photography, and More
Our summer computer camps for kids, pre-teens, and teens 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 critical 21st century 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. Kids camps and teen camps encompass courses in programming with Java™, C++, Python™, Scratch, and more, app development with iPhone® and Android™, Minecraft, modding, FPS and RPG game design, robotics engineering with VEX® and LEGO®, 3D modeling & animation, filmmaking, photography, and web design. Course offerings vary by site. View courses at this location. Beginner or advanced, you'll get inspired by energetic, tech-savvy instructors. Do something big this summer!
- 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.
- All-Adult Instructors: We don’t cut corners by hiring Counselors-in-Training. Instead, we employ energetic, tech-savvy, all-adult 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 6 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 Tech 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!
- 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 camp 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.
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
- Tech Rocket (year-round subscription)
- Accredited Continuing Education Units (ages 13+)
- Ultimate Gaming Weekends (available at select locations, ages 10+)
Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.
This is our 16th season hosting summer camps at UCSD in La Jolla, CA. 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). Our popular UCSD summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite Southern California summer camps accredited by the American Camp Association.
We chose UCSD to host our La Jolla summer computer camps because La Jolla, California has been called "The Best Place to Live in America." At UCSD, sculptures and famous modern architecture can be seen throughout the campus, and students can enjoy beautiful Southern California weather between their tech classes. U.S. News and World Report ranks UCSD as the 7th best public university in the nation. UCSD is a powerful magnet for those seeking a fresh, next-generation approach to education and research. UCSD boasts 5 Nobel Laureates on its faculty, and has one of the nation's highest percentages of faculty elected to prestigious national academies.
UCSD is conveniently located only minutes from downtown San Diego and a short 25 minute drive from San Diego International Airport, making it the perfect day camp or overnight camp location. Come check out our summer camps at UCSD!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
UC San Diego Facts
Mascot: UC San Diego Tritons (King Triton)
UCSD Academics: As a large, mainly residential research university, UCSD is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and as of 2008, has granted 5,337 bachelor's degrees, 894 master's degrees, 488 doctorate degrees, and 125 medical degrees. They host a doctoral program that coexists with their undergraduate degree, along with professional business, medicine, and pharmacy programs. Additionally, UCSD offers 52 master's programs, along with 51 doctoral programs, and 4 professional programs.
Student Population: UCSD has approximately 22,706 undergraduate and 1,057 graduate students. The school is organized into six undergraduate colleges and six graduate divisions.
Rankings: According to the 2009 U.S. News & World Report, UCSD was ranked 7th among public universities. UCSD was also selected as the "Hottest" science school by Newsweek in 2006 and in its 2008 report on best values in public colleges, Kiplinger ranked UCSD in the top 20 for both in-state value and out-of-state value (11th for in-state and 17th for out-of-state).
Athletics: UCSD is considered a DII school, meaning it participates at the NCAA's division II level. UCSD's sports include basketball, soccer, golf, baseball, tennis, swimming, water polo, volleyball, crew, track and field, fencing, cross country, and softball. UCSD experienced its best athletic season in 2006-2007, where 19 of 23 athletic programs qualified for competition in the post-season. Even better, 17 of these teams went to the NCAA Championships.
Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: UCSD's notable alumni include Nobel Prize winner Susumu Tonegawa for his work in immunology. There are also a number of science fiction authors including Kim Stanley Robinson who earned their PhDs at UCSD. Cartoon animation producer and director Mike Judge also attended UCSD.
Testimonials from UCSD
What Parents Are Saying
"When we came to pick up our daughter, I was very glad to see her so happy and social. The game she created was excellent and the staff is very cool and hip - which is what teens need to stay positively engaged in this ever changing world. I would definitely recommend this camp to any parent whose child has an interest in art and computers!" -Rosalyn M., Parent, UCSD
"My son has enjoyed his experience with iD Tech Camps so much that he keeps going back every year. He has gotten his sister so excited about it that she is attending camp next week. Thank you for making this such a positive influence and a fun way to spend his summer." -Manjulika W., Parent, UCSD
"The money spent on this camp was well worth it!!! My son was challenged and had an amazing experience. I love that you included outdoor activities. He is already planning on coming back next year." -Josie G., Parent, UCSD
"This was a great camp and a wonderful experience. Our son was completely enthralled with the experience and has been motivated to continue his work on web design." -David C., Parent, UCSD
"Very pleased to see my child get such hands-on, exclusive instruction. He is really enjoying the camp, this is the direction he wants to go for college." -Jerome R., Parent, UCSD
What Campers Are Saying
"I had a great time learning how to build and program robots! I think there was a good amount of both free time and working time - the mix was perfect." -Tommy S., Student, UCSD
"This is a truly special camp. The fact that all of the students have their own computers is awesome! I had a fabulous time at this camp!" -Nick M., Student, UCSD
"I made some great friends! My instructor was so friendly and truly helpful. He was the best instructor ever! The rest of the staff was amazing and the camp director was like a best friend to every camper." -Jakob T., Student, UCSD
"Like always, iD Tech Camps has proven to be an amazing and thrilling camp that pleases and entertains me each and every year." -Austin Q., Student, UCSD
"This camp teaches you in such an interactive way that you can't help but have fun while learning. This camp is going to be a great memory forever." -Daniel N., Student, UCSD
iD in the News
UC San Diego
June 25, 2013
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 [...]Read More
April 12, 2012
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 [...]Read More
July 21, 2011
Kids develop video games, apps at “Tech Camp” By Karen Kucher Sitting at his computer, Thomas Nielsen was immersed in a video game, an imaginary world where a tiny purple squid named Inky battled the King Tomato, the Strawberry Queen and evil turnips. But Thomas wasn’t playing the game — he was creating it. More [...]Read More
July 21, 2011
July 21, 2011 By Karen Kucher Sitting at his computer, Thomas Nielsen was immersed in a video game, an imaginary world where a tiny purple squid named Inky battled the King Tomato, the Strawberry Queen and evil turnips. But Thomas wasn’t playing the game — he was creating it. More specifically, he was making a [...]Read More
July 8, 2011
Aliens invade 11-year-old's iPhone- and he doesn't mind By Britney Barnes IRVINE — Pulling out his black iPhone, Luke Stanback called up an app for "Alien Invasion" and started blasting space invaders from a ship. The game is pretty challenging, but Luke knows all the "cheats." That's because the 11-year-old created the game over the [...]Read More
July 15, 2010
UCSD lets teens exercise tech talents By Dave Schwab When asked in September how they spent their summer vacations, the students in a high-tech camp at UCSD will be able to answer: "Productively." While their peers were home playing video games, students ages 7 to 17 from La Jolla and environs and as far away [...]Read More