Colorado State University-Fort Collins Summer Tech Camps
CSU summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at CSU-Fort Collins
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 Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, 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.
About CSU Fort Collins
This is our 7th season hosting Fort Collins, CO summer camps at our Colorado State University 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 CSU Fort Collins summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen CSU to host our day camp and overnight camps because of its convenient location, beautiful surroundings and high academic prestige. Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Colorado State University is an agricultural campus as well as a mountain campus. Fort Collins is an award-winning city located on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with the foothills and 14,000-foot peaks visible to residents. Our summer camps at CSU give students the opportunity to take in iD's challenging program while enjoying a culturally rich, collegiate atmosphere. CSU, dubbed "The Green University," is a leader in environmental solutions and ranked as a prestigious university in the U.S. News and World Report's rankings of "America's Best Colleges and Universities."
CSU is located north of the Denver metro area, less than an hour away from Denver International Airport. Come check out our CO summer camps!
University, Fort Collins
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Colorado State University, Fort Collins Facts
Schools at CSU: CSU offers many academic areas of study through the College of Agricultural Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, College of Applied Human Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, College of Natural Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Student Population: CSU has approximately 24,983 students, with the following breakdown: 20,765 undergraduates, 2,332 master's students, 1,347 doctoral students, and 539 professional students in the College of Biomedical and Veterinary Medicine.
Rankings: Colorado State's most prestigious program is the Professional Veterinary Medicine program, which is currently ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is also first in the country in terms of federal research dollars. Among public and private national universities, U.S. News and World Report ranked CSU 124th (within the "Top Tier") and 59th among public universities, making it the perfect summer camp location.
Athletics: A member of the Mountain West Conference (which consists of 8 other universities), CSU's Rams compete in the NCAA's Division I and fields 16 sponsored intercollegiate sports (10 for women and 6 for men). CSU has won 9 Mountain West Conference tournament championships and has either won or had a share of 11 regular season titles.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: CSU has graduated many notable alumni including Wayne Allard, United States Senator from Colorado; Olympic gold medalist Amy Van Dyken; Kim Ung-yong, who has the Guinness Record for highest IQ; Roy R. Romer, former Colorado governor; Bill Ritter, former Denver District Attorney; Joey Porter, professional football player and member of 2006 Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Points of Interest: At the heart of the CSU campus lies an expansive green area (2,065 feet around), known as the Oval. Beautifully lined with 65 American Elm trees, the Oval was once the center of campus and is still a major landmark at CSU. Another major complex, the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital was constructed in 1979. It consists of four main buildings including the Main Hospital, the Horse and Food Animal Hospital, the Large Animal Isolation Facility, and the Raptor Facility. The hospital is located just south of the main campus in Fort Collins, and is a full service hospital. Divided into small and large animal clinics, the hospital annually serves 19,000 small animals and 2,700 large animals from around the world. The Veterinary program at Colorado State is one of the most respected in the nation.
Testimonials from CSU Fort Collins
What Parents Are Saying
"My son loved it... said it was his 'personal paradise.' He is looking forward to doing it again next summer." -Casey W., Parent, Colorado State University
"Our daughter loved it! It was a great boost for her self-confidence and helped her develop skills that she can enjoy for a long time." -Nancy G., Parent, Colorado State University
"This is my son's third year and he plans to come back again...which says a lot because he hasn't stuck with any other thing he's started!" -Denise D., Parent, Colorado State University
"My son went to bed at 6:00 PM one night so that morning would feel like it came quicker. He was so excited to get back to camp. He had a wonderful time." -Laurie M., Parent, Colorado State University
"Excellent communication via the website on check-in, directions, etc. The enthusiasm of the instructor made the camp fun for my son. It's great to hear he had an awesome time with kids who had similar interests!! He plans to come back again." -Debbie M., Parent, Colorado State University
What Campers Are Saying
"This camp was really fun. I made a lot of friends and learned how to make video games. This was my first tech camp and everyone here was amazing. The teachers were awesome, they made the camp fun and really knew what they were doing. I would love to come back again." -Jake K., Student, Colorado State University
"LOVED the camp! The course was amazing, and I can't wait to learn more about 3D Programming!!" -Hannah D., Student, Colorado State University
"This was my third iD Tech Camps experience... It was epic fun." -Jannelle C., Student, Colorado State University
"I had a lot of fun in this camp and made new friends. My instructors were fantastic, qualified and were extremely nice and patient." -Jacob D., Student, Colorado State University
"Camp was a lot of fun! I learned how to make a role playing game from great instructors." -Luke G., Student, Colorado State University
iD in the News
CSU Fort Collins
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