University of Denver Summer Tech Camps
DU summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at the University of Denver
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 the University of Denver, we offer two distinct programs: co-ed iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17 where students learn code, game design, app development, web design, film and more, and Alexa Café, an all-girls program for ages 10-15.
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. 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 5 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 15th season hosting Denver, CO summer camps at our University of Denver 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 University of Denver summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen the University of Denver to host our summer kids' computer camps, academic camps and teen camps in Colorado because of the university's reputation as a highly academic institution. Founded in 1864, DU is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountains. Campus is located in a dynamic, cosmopolitan city close to pristine mountain wilderness, and the university is distinguished by its creative combination of liberal arts, professional programs, selectively focused graduate studies and associated schools and centers.
DU's campus has a mixture of historic and modern buildings. With fountains and a meandering stream, the University of Denver Harper Humanities Gardens offer a lush oasis in the heart of this 124-acre, tree-shaded campus. DU is often ranked in the top 50 private national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
DU is located just 8 miles south of downtown Denver, 15 miles to the mountains and only 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, making it the perfect day camp and overnight camp location. Come check out our Colorado summer camps!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
University of Denver Facts
Schools & Colleges at DU: The University of Denver offers a variety of academic areas of study for both undergraduates and graduates through the Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law, Morgridge College of Education, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Graduate School of Social Work, Lamont School of Music, School of Engineering and Computer Science, The Women's College, and University College.
Student Population: As of 2008, DU had 10,953 students; 4,913 of which were undergraduates. The University sees a good mix of both in-state and out-of-state students, with 60 percent of the student body coming from outside the state of Colorado. In 2008, the average accepted high school student had high marks, with a 3.7 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1220.
Rankings: Among all "National Universities", both public and private, U.S. News & World Report ranked DU 84th (48th among private universities), making it the perfect Denver summer camp location. Aside from academics, DU was recently ranked in the top-25 fittest colleges in the nation by Men's Fitness magazine. This is no accident as the University actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for its students. DU is also located near an abundance of the city's best recreational and outdoor activities.
Athletics: DU's Pioneers have been competing in intercollegiate sports since 1867. The University participates in NCAA's Division I and has become a winter sports powerhouse, with its flagship sport being ice hockey. For years, fans have packed the 6,000 seat Magness Arena on campus and have witnessed 7 NCAA titles including back to back championships in 2004 and 2005. Another winter sport, skiing, is very strong at DU and has grabbed 20 NCAA titles (more than any other school).
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: There are several DU graduates who have gone on to do great things in the areas of politics, business and entertainment. They include: former U.S. Secretary of State under President G.W. Bush Condoleezza Rice; chairman and CEO of Molson Coors Brewing Company Peter Coors; former Chairman of J. Crew Emily Cinader Scott; CEO of Best Buy Brad Anderson; president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company Ted J. Kleisner; chairman and CEO of Visa Inc. Joseph Saunders; President of Toyota USA Jim Lentz; the comedian known as Sinbad David Adkins.
Testimonials from DU
What Parents Are Saying
"Your instructors are very impressive. The camp is my son's favorite... he always comes home with a smile and a lot of knowledge of the subject being taught. Keep up the good work." -Yvonne H., Parent, DU
"Great opportunity, and different from the typical camp experience." -Michelle W., Parent, DU
"My son had so much fun this week that he begged to stay for the weekend. I've never seen him so excited about ANYTHING in his life. Thanks for a great week." -Karen F., Parent, DU
"Simply amazing counselors who deserve the highest recommendation! My son's expression of enthusiasm is most welcome as he's not the easily impressed. He loved it! Thanks for a creative, positive weekend." -Barbara R., Parent, DU
"We were incredibly impressed! I didn't think the camp could possibly meet Will's high expectations, but after the first day I think the camp exceeded his already high expectations. I have never seen him so excited, not just about the programming, but the staff, fun games, inside jokes, etc. We will definitely be back!" -Jennifer U., Parent, DU
What Campers Are Saying
"This camp takes anyone a step ahead in their dreams if they ever decide to attend. It has given me a chance to really bond with the people around me, and I really want to come back." -Dwight C., Student, DU
"I've been attending iD Tech Camps for 3 years now, and every time has been even more enjoyable than the last. My session this year continued this tradition...the staff was friendly, the video game breaks and outside time were balanced, and I learned a lot of useful skills that I'm planning to put to use right away." -Jacob B., Student, DU
"My instructor was great at teaching the material. Everything was taught well, and the instructor made the camp fun. He involved everybody and helped all the students come up with their very own Java™ program." -Ezra H., Student, DU
"Before I attended iD Tech Camps, I knew nothing about programming. I was extremely interested in Java™, so I decided this camp was a good place to start. I was right. I learned so much and had tons of fun along the way." -Matthew L., Student, DU
"Fabulous, fabulous, FABULOUS! I had a copiously amazing week and would like to thank my awesome teacher. Everybody seemed really energetic and excited with what we were doing, and it made camp more fun. Thanks for an awesome week!" -Sierra C., Student,DU
iD in the News
University of Denver
July 16, 2014
What do you get when you combine the world’s #1 tech camp with an award-winning TV series from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds? A pretty cool It Ain’t Rocket Science video feature! “From robots to game design, the students are spending their summer immersed in all things digital.” The footage captured our camps [...]Read More
July 1, 2014
First it was Vanderbilt, then it was Towson, now it's iD Tech Camps held at the University of Denver featured in a recent local news story! FOX31 Denver sent the cameras out to our summer programs at DU to capture a little 3D game design, Minecraft, and all-around summer fun. As stated in the clip, [...]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
July 19, 2012
Our summer camps held at the University of Denver had a surprise visit from Fox Television in Denver! Times have changed a little for our kids at summer camp. They’ve come a long way from sewing leather wallets. ”It’s very nontraditional because, well for one, it’s mostly indoors. There’s air conditioning and we’re on [...]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