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  • UC Santa Barbara Summer Tech Camps

    UCSB summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at UC Santa Barbara

Welcome to our 6th season hosting summer technology programs at UC Santa Barbara (home of the Gauchos)! In 1999, our family company set out to reinvent "camp" for the 21st century. Today, we’re #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more.

At our UCSB camps, not far from the heart of vibrant and beautiful Santa Barbara, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students 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. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!

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Registration for our Summer 2017 season opens November 1. Add to calendar.

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Groups must include eight or more students. For smaller groups, please register above.

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!

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About UCSB

At our Santa Barbara, CA summer camps held at UCSB, 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 summer day camps and overnight summer camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen UCSB to host our summer camps in California because of its impressive academic reputation and consistently high standing on multiple university and college ranking lists. As one of the 10 general campuses that are part of the University of California system, UCSB offers 87 undergraduate degrees and 55 graduate degrees. Founded in 1909 as Santa Barbara State College, the University became part of the University of California system in 1944. The main campus at UCSB spreads over 1,000 acres of California's beautiful coastline, and is located just 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles, making it the perfect summer tech camp location.

Our UCSB summer program is a short 5 minute drive from the Santa Barbara Airport. Come check out our California summer camps!

Campus Info: Held at University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

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 Santa Barbara Facts

Nickname: The Gauchos

Founded: 1909

UCSB's Campus: Located on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean, UCSB boasts a spectacular campus made up of 1,022 acres. Due to its location, UCSB is one of only a few universities in the USA with its own beach.

Student Population: There are approximately 20,000 students who attend UCSB, with close to 18,000 of those being undergraduate students.

Rankings: The Times Higher Education recently ranked UCSB 29th in its World University Rankings. Additionally, Newsweek also once named UCSB as one of the "25 Hottest Colleges of 2005."

Athletics: Most of the Gauchos sports teams compete in the Big West Conference, and their best known athletic programs are women's basketball and men's soccer. There are a large number of students who also take part in UCSB's intramural programs.

Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: Notable UCSB alumni include Michael Douglas, Academy Award winning actor; Jack Johnson, popular musician; Barry Zito (major league pitcher for the San Francisco Giants and one time Cy Young award winner) pitched for the Gauchos as a Freshman.

Testimonials from UCSB

  • "Everything and everyone greatly exceeded our expectations. We were fortunate to have our children participate in the program. In fact, we've signed them up for more."
    - Nathan L., Parent, UCSB
  • "My son doesn't usually hop out of bed in the morning during the summer, however this week he was quick to rise to get to iD Tech Camps. Great experience all the way around."
    - Traci C., Parent, UCSB
  • "I have three children, all wanting to become designers. My eldest attended this week and couldn't have been happier. I would very much like more of the same experiences for him, as well as my younger children in the future. I am very pleased with what I see here!"
    - Sara S., Parent, UCSB
  • "The staff was so thoughtful, smart and made this whole experience fun for my son. This camp has an exceptional director - our children were so fortunate to have him. Thank you...we hope to do this again next summer."
    - Katharine O., Parent, UCSB
  • "This was my son's favorite camp of all time. Very well organized and kept the kids interested. We will definitely be back next summer."
    - Kathy W., Parent, UCSB
  • "I learned more than I could have ever expected at iD Tech Camps. I created my own application - one that I have always wanted to make - and now I'm one step closer to doing what I want in life."
    - Jordan S., Student, UCSB
  • "iD Tech Camps has taught me a lot of new skills that I look forward to using in the future!"
    - Rafael S., Student, UCSB
  • "This is by far the best experience I have had away from home. I will come here every summer!"
    - Rane B., Student, UCSB
  • "This was a gamer's dream come true! You will have so much fun!"
    - Mason L., Student, UCSB
  • "Without iD Tech Camps, I would not have been able to learn the tools necessary to start my journey towards fully learning programming."
    - Bryce B., Student, UCSB