Sacramento State Summer Tech Camps
CSUS summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Sacramento State
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 Sacramento State in Sacramento, 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 6th season hosting Sacramento, CA summer camps at our CSUS 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). Our popular CSUS summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite CA summer camps in the Central Valley and Sacramento area accredited by the American Camp Association.
We have chosen Sac State to host our summer computer camps and teen camps in Northern California because of its beautiful campus (bordered by the American River to the east) composed of nearly 3,000 trees, along with flower gardens and miles of trails along river parkway. CSUS is located just 6 miles from the Capitol building and there are a variety of transportation options to and from campus. Sacramento State has the sixth-largest campus of California's 23 state universities, stretching 300 acres across California's capital city, making it the perfect summer camp location. Come check out our California summer camp!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Sacramento State Facts
Nickname: The Hornets
Colleges at CSUS: Colleges at Sac State include the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the College of Health and Human Services, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Education.
Student Population: CSUS has 27,972 total students, made up of 22,555 undergraduates and 5,417 postgraduates.
Academics: CSUS currently offers 60 undergraduate degrees and 40 graduate degrees. Located in California's state capital city, Sacramento State has the largest cooperative education program in the state.
Athletics: Sacramento State's Hornets compete at the NCAA Division I level. While most of its sports teams are members of the Big Sky Conference, Sacramento State's baseball and gymnastics teams are part of the Western Athletic Conference, the men's soccer team is part of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and the women's softball team is a Pacific Coast Softball Conference member. The school's biggest rival is UC Davis, connected to the school by the long Yolo Causeway bridge. Appropriately, athletic competitions between the two schools result in the winner taking hold of the Causeway Cup.
Testimonials from CSUS
What Parents Are Saying
"This experience was so much more than what we expected. The facilities were amazing, and the staff was beyond amazing! Everything was organized and fun. We will definitely be returning next year! Many thanks to the staff for all their hard work and for creating such a positive learning environment." -Erica Z., Parent, Sacramento State
"Everyone at the camp was helpful, fun, upbeat and professional. The bottom line is that my son had a blast and wants to come back. He made the cutest robot dog and has gained confidence on the computer." -Tara L., Parent, Sacramento State
"I was impressed with the organization of the camp. Group size (small) was great to encourage support from staff. I also liked that there were many group activities outside of the lab to encourage teamwork, cooperation and fun. I would highly recommend the experience to anyone." -Kelly R., parent, Sacramento State
"My son's experience last summer was terrific and this summer was also exceptional. He truly enjoys coming to iD Tech camps and loves learning new things and meeting new friends. I am impressed with the facilities and the ability of each camper to complete a game in just one week. My son is always saddened when Friday comes because that means the camp week is over. We will be back another week!" -Claire S., Parent, Sacramento State
"My son enjoyed the course thoroughly. I am happy that you mixed outside time along with the computer time. This was a very positive experience for me as a parent too because for the first time, after coming back from "school," I got to hear what happened during the day." -Shilpa J., Parent, Sacramento State
What Campers Are Saying
"This is the highpoint of my summer. The instructors are awesome, and the overall atmosphere is extremely good." -Sean M., Student, Sacramento State
"iD Tech Camps is a great way to learn about computers and video games. You can build video games, make robots, learn programming, and much more." -Peter E., Student, Sacramento State
"iD Tech Camps is one of the most fun camps I have ever been to. It is a great way to learn about technology. Hopefully I can go to many more." -Ryan P., Student, Sacramento State
"A unique camp that promotes an educational environmental as well as an entertaining atmosphere." -Kyle S., Student, Sacramento State
"This camp was awesome! As an overnight camper, I got the full experience. Great mix of work and play with great campers and instructors. Very fun and I made an awesome website that looks great!" -Rachel F., Student, Sacramento State
iD in the News
June 23, 2014
Sacramento parents still looking for summer camp options will find a friend in the Merced Sun-Star's recent article detailing local summer camp options. And, it just so happens that iD Tech Camps is one of those options mentioned! Here is a preview: Many Parents Looking for Summer Camps for Kids By Isabelle Taft, Katrina Cameron, [...]Read More
Summer camp inspires kids to find their purpose with technology - Article as Appeared on the Examiner.com
July 27, 2013
By Joanna Julien "Last Thursday, a room full of youth ages seven to 17 at Sacramento State University campus were busy working to complete different projects ranging from robotics to video games, due at the end of this week of iD Technology Camp. Jamiel Khan is the Director for the Sacramento campus. “We offer opportunities [...]Read More
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
Camp Minecraft: How educators use the block-building game to inspire kids to code - Article as Appeared on VentureBeat.com
April 17, 2013
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 [...]Read More
Summer Technology Camps at CSU Sacramento Give Children Life Skills - Article as Appeared on Examiner.com
June 1, 2012
Summer Technology Camps at CSU Sacramento Give Children Life Skills By Joanna Jullien Somer Lowery, a Regional Manager for internalDrive, was born and raised in Sacramento and has been leading iDTechCamps in the Sacramento area for the past nine years. iDTechCamps are offered at universities around the nation, and California State University, Sacramento has been [...]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