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    Camps for kids & teens held at Northwestern

Computer Camps Held at Northwestern University

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 Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, 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. The use of the location name is strictly for the purpose of identifying the location at which iD Tech is delivering the program. iD Tech is not a university-sponsored program. The summer camps are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Northwestern University. Find more details about Northwestern University by going to www.northwestern.edu.

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 Northwestern University

This is our 15th season hosting Evanston, IL summer camps at our Northwestern 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 summer day camps held on the Northwestern University campus allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.We have chosen the Northwestern University campus to host our summer academic camps for teens and kids. Northwestern University is recognized both nationally and internationally for the quality of its educational programs at all levels. Our summer camps in Evanston border the shore of beautiful Lake Michigan and lie only 12 miles north of downtown Chicago.NU is often considered one of the best universities in the nation, according to the U.S. News and World Report. Places to check out while at Northwestern University include the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, Mary and Leigh Block Museum, Kohl Children's Museum, and the Grosse Point Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.O'Hare International airport is only 15 miles west of Northwestern, making camp accessible for students joining our IL summer camp location from out of state. Evanston is also accessible by train. Come and check out our Chicago area summer camps!Please note: The summer camps are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Northwestern University.

Campus Info: Held at Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208

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

Northwestern University Facts

Find more details about Northwestern University by going to www.northwestern.edu.Mascot: Willie the WildcatFounded: 1851Schools at Northwestern University: NU currently has six undergraduate schools, with its most popular being the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences that hosts 51.2% of undergraduate students. 17.2% of the students are enrolled in the McCormick School of Engineering, 14.7% in the School of Communication, 8.4% in the Medill School of Journalism, 5.0% in the Bienen School of Music, and 3.4% in the School of Education.Student Population: Northwestern enrolls about 18,000 students a year, with the following breakdown: 8,284 undergraduate, 8,249 graduate, and 1,495 professional students. Females represent a slightly larger portion of the undergrad population at 51.6%.Rankings: Northwestern is large and considered a highly residential research university. It offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs, and awarded 2,089 bachelor's degrees, 2,665 master's degrees, 462 doctoral degrees, and 416 professional degrees in 2006-2007.Athletics: Northwestern is an original member of the Big Ten Conference and the conference's only private institution. The University fields 19 intercollegiate athletic teams (8 men's and 11 women's) that compete at the Division I level in the NCAA. The most notable and successful NU teams include men's soccer, wrestling, swimming, golf, men's tennis and women's tennis, softball, fencing and lacrosse.Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Many of those who have attended Northwestern have accomplished greatness in their respective areas, including entertainment, business, sports and politics. This list includes: Academy Award-winning actor/writer/director Warren Beatty; Emmy Award-nominated actor for his work on TV show Scrubs Zach Braff; model Cindy Crawford, Emmy Award-winning actress for TV show Seinfeld Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Chairman and CEO of Citigroup Women and Company Lisa Caputo; President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company Douglas Conant.

Testimonials from Northwestern University

What Parents Are Saying

"My 12-year-old son loved seeing his original comic book character pop off the page and onto the screen! Thanks for helping him realize his dream of learning 3D animation and modeling using the Maya software." -Demetrius W., Parent

"The Camp Director rocked! Safety was number one priority which made me feel great since this was my son's first experience with this camp. Definitely coming back." -Aja H., Parent

"This was our first experience with iD Tech Camps, but probably not the last. We weren't sure what to expect, but my son clearly enjoyed the projects and interaction with other kids who share his interests." -Kris T., Parent, Northwestern University

"Great counselors, well organized and very personable. My son had a great time and was excited to go to camp every day. We are looking forward to next year." -Suzanne W., Parent, Northwestern University

"I was particularly impressed with the conversation and comments my son's instructor shared with me at the end of the week. Sometimes you wonder what the kids are doing during camp...You know they are having a blast, but are they learning something genuine and buildable? After the weekly showcase, I felt very good as a parent that I sent my son to iD Tech Camps. It will be easy to say "yes" when he asks to return next summer!" -Jennifer B., Parent, Northwestern University

What Campers Are Saying

"iD Tech Camps is a great experience for those who want to learn things they didn't know before. Keep up the good work, iD Tech Camps!" -Benjamin B., Student, Northwestern University

"This camp is very educational... it has great instructors, great projects and great technology." -Ryan T., Student, Northwestern University

"iD Tech Camps has been the greatest thing I have done all summer. It's fun, you learn and the instructors are amazing. I have four words for you: "iD Tech is awesome." If I had a chance to do it again, I'd accept in a heartbeat." -Julia R., Student, Northwestern University

"I loved this camp so much that by the end of the first day, I knew one week was not long enough. Thank you so much for this awesome experience." -Nicholas R., Student, Northwestern University

"This camp is fun and interactive. It teaches you a lot about your subject, and all of the instructors are nice and cool. All of that makes this camp an awesome thing." -Mason D., Student, Northwestern University

iD in the News

Northwestern University

Fox 9 KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul visits iD Tech Camps!

July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 M.A. Rosko checks out a summer camp that exercises the brain. Along the way, she encounters plenty of impressive preteens. Macalester is hosting an ID Tech Camp this summer -- it's a Monday through Friday program that allows kids to design their own video games and whatever else they can dream up, [...]

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Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity - Article as Written by The Associated Press

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Learn how to make apps over vacation. Article as appeared in Time Out Chicago Kids

January 29, 2013

By Amanda Sims Meet the next Steve Jobs: [caption id="attachment_59781" align="alignright" width="492"] Photo by Erica Gannett[/caption] Andrew. The 14-year-old from suburban Glencoe already has six apps available for download in Apple’s App Store and won a scholarship to the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in June 2012. He was one of the youngest in attendance. [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

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 [...]

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Summer Camps in Illinois News - As Appeared in Chicago Parent

February 23, 2012

Here is an excerpt from a great article about our Summer Camps in Illinois and STEM education.  The full article is currently posted online and will appear in the March edition of Chicago Parent.  Enjoy! Science Deficit By Robyn Monaghan ...But the real burst came when they sent Andrew to iD Tech camp at Northwestern [...]

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