Summer Tech Camps Held at Macalester College
Macalester camps for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Macalester College
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 Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, 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 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.
About Macalester College
This is our 12th season hosting summer camps in the Minneapolis St. Paul area and our 7th season at Macalester College. 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 Macalester College summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We are excited to be hosting our summer academic camps for kids and teens at Macalester College. Macalester is among the top ranking liberal arts colleges in the country, and provides an undergraduate education of uncompromising quality, characterized by academic excellence, international perspectives, a diverse academic community, and civic engagement as an integral part of learning and life.
Located at the intersection of historic Grand and Snelling Avenues in St. Paul, MN, our summer computer camp in the Twin Cities is a convenient 10 minutes from both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis. Beyond its architecture and amenities, the neighborhood also earns superlatives for safety: the St. Paul Pioneer Press rated it one of the two safest in the metropolitan area. Come check out our summer day camps near Minneapolis as well as our awesome overnight camps and teen 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.
Nickname: The Scots
Schools at Macalester College: Liberal Arts College
Student Population: Macalester is a highly selective school, with a current admittance rate of 39%. This low rate has lead Macalester to be considered "Most Selective" by the U.S. News & World Report Rankings. For the class of 2012, 5,040 applications resulted in one of the lowest acceptance rates ever for the college.
Rankings: Among the 215 national liberal arts colleges listed in the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking, Macalester College is now ranked 24th (up one from their #25 ranking last year). Looking at the academic quality and the net cost of admittance for a student who receives the average level of need-based financial aid, Macalester was ranked 9th nationally in the category of "Great Schools, Great Prices" - making it the perfect academic summer camp location.
Athletics: Macalester's athletes, The Scots, are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Macalester's football team has faced a tough road since its inception. The program was officially dissolved by the college in 1906, citing "thoroughly aroused to the evils, real or imaginary, of this game, the public is clamoring for the entire abolition or reform on this 'relic of barbarism.'" However, the team was reinstated in the early 1970?s, only to ride a 50 game NCAA losing streak that lasted six years! Since 2002, the football team has competed independent of the MIAC due to poor performance.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: The list of the distinguished Macalester alumni and faculty includes: architect Cass Gilbert; political figure Kofi Annan; businessman and philanthropist DeWitt Wallace; writers Tim O'Brien and Wang Ping; musicians Bob Mould and Will Sheff; sculptor Anthony Caponi; talent agent Ari Emanuel; and actors Peter Berg and Carl Lumbly.
Testimonials from Macalester College
What Parents Are Saying
"I believe this is our seventh year at iD Tech Camps. My boys have always had an enjoyable time and learned a lot about computer programming and game design. The staff is knowledgeable and trustworthy, and I know the campus is a very safe environment for my boys. I recommend iD Tech Camps whenever possible!" -Ann F., Parent, Macalester College
"My boys said this was their favorite camp. They wished that school was like iD Tech Camps because then they would want to go every day!!" -Kathryn A., Parent, Macalester College
"Amazed by such involved, proactive, encouraging staff! That really makes the experience unique for each of these kids! I love the technical angle that is lacking in so many other camps!" -Kavita N., Parent, Macalester College
"I love how the staff continually honors the campers' greatness in a profoundly positive, fun, kid-accessible and downloadable way!" -Anne L., Parent, Macalester College
"The first day of camp, my son came home and said that he finally met kids that were like him. He's never been so excited about ANYTHING before. Thanks so much! You'll see him again for years to come!" -Gina K., Parent, Macalester College
What Campers Are Saying
"Totally awesome... I would definitely come back! Great educated teachers! Nothing is bad about this camp! Once again, AWESOME!!!!" -Charlie N., Student, Macalester College
"This camp was great! I was already experienced in robotics, and I was hoping that the whole week wouldn't be 'This is an NXT.' Fortunately, the counselor was understanding of my situation, and taught me things I didn't think possible. I would recommend this camp to my friends without hesitation." -Jonathan D., Student, Macalester College
"Incredibly good counselors, and always a ton of fun. iD Tech Camps is always the highlight of my year. I recommend the camp to everyone whenever I have the chance. Once again, amazing job on another incredible year!!!!!!" -Wesley S., Student, Macalester College
"I loved how the instructors used creativity and hands-on interactions to teach the curriculum!" -Graham J., Student, Macalester College
"Awesome! I had never used this software before, but by the end of the week I had made a complete game! That's so cool!" -Jonathan D., Student, Macalester College
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