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Computer Camps Held at Macalester College

Welcome to our 8th season hosting summer technology programs at Macalester College (home of The Scots)! In 1999, our family company set out to reinvent "camp" for the 21st century. Today, we’re #1 in summer tech education, with 150+ locations nationwide and an expansive lineup of courses in coding, game design, app development, web design, film, photography, and more.

At our Macalester camps, kids and teens build valuable STEM skills in an inspiring, collegiate setting. Students 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. Kick-start your dream job and gain a competitive edge for college!

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iD Tech Camps Program Details

Co-Ed | Weeklong | Programming, Game Design, Apps, Robotics, Web Design, Film, Photography, and More

At iD Tech Camps, you can code an iPhone or Android app from scratch, design your own video game with Unity, mod with Minecraft, engineer a robot with VEX, produce a viral video for YouTube, and so much more. Whatever your passion, kick-start your future in STEM with over 30 of the latest and greatest summer technology courses.

Our flagship program blends world-class instruction with fun camp activities for a well-balanced experience. In each weeklong session, you’ll explore a top campus, create an impressive project, and build skills that last long after summer. iD Tech Camps courses are segmented by age, providing an optimal camp experience for kids, pre-teens, and teens of all skill levels.

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About Macalester College

At our Minneapolis St. Paul area summer camps held 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. 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.

Campus Info: Held at Macalester College
St. Paul, MN 55105

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

Macalester Facts

Nickname: The Scots

Founded: 1874

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 1970s, 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

  • "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
  • "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