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  • Cal State San Marcos Summer Tech Camps

    CSUSM summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at Cal State San Marcos

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 Cal State San Marcos in San Marcos, 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.

Please note: This is a day-only program. Overnight stays are not available at this location.

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!

Learning

  • 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.

Staff

  • 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!

Meals

  • 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.

Tuition

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

Optional Add-Ons

Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.

About CSUSM

This is our 2nd season hosting San Marcos, CA summer camps at Cal State San Marcos. The university is located in beautiful San Diego County, and situated in a quiet, suburban neighborhood with a population of 76,000. While the campus is an expansive 304 acres, it’s nestled into the foothills overlooking the city, creating a tight-knit community right on campus.

Nickname: The Cougars

Founded: 1989

Student Population: 10, 364

Schools & Colleges at CSUSM: The university has four colleges: the College of Business Administration; the College of Science and Mathematics; the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences; and the College of Education, Health and Human Services.[10]

Degrees: CSUSM offers 62 different Bachelor's degrees, 15 master's degrees, an Ed.D. program, and 13 teaching credentials.

Campus Info: Held at California State University, San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92078

Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.

Testimonials from CSUSM

What Parents Are Saying

“We were very impressed by the talent and the interest exhibited by the iD staff members. They made the participants feel very involved and that feeling will last long after the camp is finished. Many thanks!” – Kristine S., Parent, CSUSM

“Jake had an amazing experience. The level of service from our original contact to each of the camp leaders was very professional and accommodating. Jake has Muscular Dystrophy and struggles with climbing stairs - - the staff handled his need for elevator use with compassion and flexibility. I would highly recommend this program to all families with children who want to grow in their technological expertise. The diploma process and personal evaluation was a wonderful touch. The camp leaders developed an excellent rapport with the kids. We'll definitely be back!!” – Wendy B., Parent, CSUSM

“Fantastic experience. Collin learned so much and was completely engaged the entire week. He is looking forward to coming back for another camp next summer!” – Elise H., Parent, CSUSM

What Campers Are Saying

“The best part is doing what you like and learning how to do it better with a fun teacher and new people.” – Ryan S., Student, CSUSM

“iD tech is the best computer camp out there in my opinion. The staff is funny and amazing to play with. I have learned so much in 1 week. Thank you iD Tech!” – Kyle B., Student, CSUSM

“Before iD tech, I thought that I knew a lot. But now I know more than I could have imagined!” – Collin S., Student, CSUSM