Washington University in St. Louis Summer Tech Camps
Wash U summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Washington 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 Washington University in St. Louis, MO, 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.
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 Washington University
This is our 10th season hosting summer camps in St. Louis, MO at our Washington 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 Washington University summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite summer camps located in St. Louis, MO.
Founded by St. Louisans in 1853, this prestigious 169-acre hilltop campus features predominantly collegiate Gothic architecture, including a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The award winning author T.S. Eliot is among 23 Nobel Prize winners who are members of Wash U's alumni. The University also boasts 23 Rhodes Scholars to date.
We host our summer camps in Missouri at Washington University because the University is counted among the world's leaders in teaching and research. Washington University's beautiful campus is just 14 miles south of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport near Interstates 170 and 64. Come check out our perfect day camp and overnight camp location at Washington University!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Washington University Facts
Nickname: Wash U Bears
Schools and Colleges at Washington University: Washington University offers both Undergraduate and Graduate Programs through the College of Arts & Sciences, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Olin Business School, School of Engineering, School of Law, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Graduate School of Art, Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design, School of Medicine, Central Institute for the Deaf.
Student Population: In 2007, with only 1,338 spots at the undergraduate level, Washington University received 22,428 applications. The acceptance rate for the Class of 2011 was a highly competitive 19% and more than 90% of freshmen coming in that year were ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.
Rankings: Washington University realizes that a school's reputation isn't all about academic rankings. Aiming to provide an all-around enjoyable college experience, Wash U was ranked #1 for quality of life by the Princeton Review in 2008, making it the perfect Missouri summer camp location. This was done without sacrificing academic integrity and their undergraduate program maintained the 12th overall ranking and the 11th spot in admissions selectivity in the 2010 U.S. News & World Report.
Athletics: The Washington University Bears participate in the University Athletic Association and compete at the NCAA Division III level. The Bears have totaled 16 NCAA Division III Championships and 130 UAA titles in 14 different sports. Going way back to 1904, Wash U's Francis Field was the host site of the 1904 Summer Olympics. Francis is also home of the Bears' Football, Soccer, and Track and Field teams.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Wash U alumni who have had successes in business include Global Director for General Motors Corporation Thomas J. Feichtinger; CEO of Anheuser-Busch Dave Peacock; and founder of Men's Wearhouse George Zimmer.
Points of Interest: Some great sites to see at our Missouri summer camps in St. Louis include: St. Louis Zoo, Gateway Arch, Missouri Botanical Garden, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, City Museum, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the World Aquarium.
Testimonials from Washington University
What Parents Are Saying
"I was really impressed with all the enthusiasm from the staff and how they interacted with their students during class time and in the evenings with the overnight campers." -Kim L., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis
"The program was extremely well put together. My son worked hard every day, and on the final day, I got a chance to play his game and I can say that I was extremely impressed. I am glad he was able to participate and I look forward to him returning!" -Mikael A., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis
"Eric has attended iD Tech Camps for three years, and each year has been outstanding. The staff interaction with the students is great. The pictures on the basement are helpful for 'kid sick' parents." -Barbara S., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis
"This was my daughter's 4th year at iD Tech Camps, and the experience was wonderful, once again. The quality of the instruction is second to none, and the staff is fun and engaging. We are thankful to have such an amazing camp available for our kids." -Amy C., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis
"My son really enjoyed the personalized instruction and was encouraged to try what he learned in the course. Everybody should attend this camp if possible." -Eun S., Parent, Washington University in St. Louis
What Campers Are Saying
"I had a great time at iD Tech Camps. I learned many things about programming, and the many different activities were awesome." -Andy L., Student, Washington University in St. Louis
"This camp gave me a superb insight into how video games are made. I will be sure to do this camp next year." -Jonathan W., Student, Washington University in St. Louis
"This was one of the greatest camps I have ever been to. All of the teachers and campers were great! I also did things I never thought I could do on a computer." -Levi G., Student, Washington University in St. Louis
"Camp was great! Friends were made, knowledge was obtained, and fun was had. If anybody, ANYBODY, wants to go into any field of game development, this is the best camp for teens and preteens alike." -Tristan N., Student, Washington University in St. Louis
"These camps just keep getting better and better. It's inspiring to know that there are so many people here that are dedicated to their students and helping them grow and mature." -Justin M., Student, Washington University in St. Louis
iD in the News
June 13, 2014
Summer just started but it didn't take long for a local news feature on iD Tech! NewsChannel 5 in Nashville recently paid a visit to iD Tech Camps at Vanderbilt, talking to students, interviewing instructors, showcasing projects, and more! According to anchor Rhori Johnston "Kids are having a great time preparing for their future, and [...]Read More
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, [...]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
April 26, 2013
By Sue Hoffman While some children and teens prefer to while away their summer days with play and sun, others can’t wait to challenge themselves, creating video games, performing experiments in science laboratories, building robots with interconnecting blocks, exploring marine life or inventing new contraptions from old parts. Those seeking activities in science, technology, engineering [...]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
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