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    Summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at MIT

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 co-ed summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. At MIT in Cambridge, MA, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps and iD Programming Academy.

At select locations, we also offer iD Game Design & Development Academy, Alexa Café, and iD Tech Mini. 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: All camps are solely owned and operated by iD Tech and are not affiliated with MIT. Per Massachusetts state law, “This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.” (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

 
 

iD Tech Camps held at MIT is filling up quickly (see availability below). There is still space nearby, so please check our camps at UMass Lowell (28 miles) and Amherst (74 miles).

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 MIT

This is our 15th season hosting Boston area computer camps held at MIT. Our popular summer day camps are among a handful of elite summer camps in Cambridge, MA. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Our summer camps near Boston Logan International Airport are located 4.3 Miles northeast of MIT. The "T" also serves the MIT community. Our computer camp at MIT is a day camp only. For the ultimate overnight computer camp experience, please check out our other Massachusetts summer camps.

Located in the heart of Cambridge along the Charles River Basin with views of Boston, MIT's campus of modern and historic buildings stretches more than 153 acres. Come check out our summer camps held at MIT!

Please note: All camps are solely owned and operated by iD Tech Camps and are not affiliated with MIT.

Per Massachusetts state law, "This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. Parents may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances." (105 CMR 430.00, 430.190 C, D)

Campus Info: Held at Massachusetts
Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

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 MIT

What Parents Are Saying

"My son very much enjoyed his week. He's proud of what he created and we're happy he had the opportunity to learn a bit about game programming. We'd definitely do something like this again." -James S., Parent, MIT

"It was mind blowing. Being a Director of Admission from a local university, I never expected the Robotics Camp to be at this level. WOW! Looking forward to enrolling my son for Robo-Contenders. I would enroll him immediately without hesitation. Great Job to all." -Senthil K., Parent, MIT

"You sent my child home exhausted each night! She had such a wonderful time; fun interactions with your staff, helpful instruction and a fabulous final project. Thank you for such a fun week!" -Paula H., parent, MIT

"The end result, from my view, was very impressive. I can't believe kids can learn so much in only one week of instruction... conceptual, lots to learn. Thanks!" -Peter R., Parent, MIT

"My daughter had a wonderful experience in Web Design. She was exposed to so many new concepts and techniques, and discovered a love and real talent for animation. Her teacher was extraordinary in how he motivated and taught the kids, and even arranged for our daughter to attend another week's closing ceremony because she missed her's due to illness. He really walked the extra mile!" -Barbara L., Parent, MIT

What Campers Are Saying

"I really had a fun time with this program. I really enjoy art and my course provided a very interesting experience. My counselor was nice, engaging, and really funny. He struck me as a person who simply enjoyed what he did and looked forward to students learning from him." -Alex S., Student, MIT

"The teachers were well balanced, very thoughtful and took time to teach the new software. They listened to your ideas and helped when you were stuck in a little quagmire. Plus, they were cool people too; a lot of fun to be around." -Solo B., Student, MIT

"This tech camp is really amazing. I never knew how much you could program a robot to do. The camp taught me how to do things that I never would have thought I would have been able to do. My camp instructor was amazingly nice, patient and caring." -Carrie R., Student, MIT

"iD Tech Camps definitely lives up to its goal of teaching students about a wide variety of activities. My time here was great and my teacher was awesome, going far beyond the instructor's call of duty to give us the best experience." -Jasper P., Student, MIT

"This camp helped me gain more computer knowledge while boosting my confidence. iD Tech Camps provided me with a safe and friendly environment to learn within and helped me to make new friends." -Nathan C., Student, MIT

iD in the News

MIT

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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iD Tech Camps Gives Kids a New Way to Play - Article as Appeared in The Wall Street Journal Online

July 4, 2012

Here is another great article about our summer tech camps for kids and teens! Find a quick snippet of the article below, and follow the link to WSJ.com to read the article in its entirety. Children Learn a New Way to Play at Summer Camp That Teaches Tech By Rachael King MORAGA—Eight-year-old Daniel Katari isn't [...]

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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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Local Massachusetts Filmmakers Join Creative Partnership with National Technology Camp

June 27, 2010

CAMPBELL, CA (PR Web) June 20, 2010 – For their upcoming 12th season, iD Tech Camps, the largest youth technology summer camp in North America, has partnered with local Massachusetts filmmakers to offer an extensive course in Digital Video Editing and Special Effects.   We’ve all been guilty of playing “arm-chair film critic,” sitting at [...]

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As appeared in The North Andover Citizen - article about our Merrimack summer camps in MA

August 21, 2008

Innovative iD Tech Camp Lets Kids Create Computer Games By Sally Applegate North Andover - The Blade of Awe has been stolen, and it is up to you to find The Prime Suspect and return the stolen sword to the king. To do so, you will have to face all the creatures in the woods [...]

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