Summer Tech Camps Held at Princeton University
Courses for kids & teens held at Princeton
Computer Camps Held at Princeton University
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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 Princeton University in New Jersey, 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.
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 Princeton University
This is our 10th season hosting summer camps at our Princeton University location. Our popular Princeton University summer day camps and overnight camps are located in the Princeton area, NJ. 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).
We have chosen Princeton University to host our summer computer camps and teen camps in New Jersey because of its status as one of the best universities in the entire world. Princeton's main campus is located within the boundaries of Princeton Township, West Windsor Township and the Borough of Princeton. This beautiful campus is adorned with well-known sculptures and holds man-made Lake Carnegie. Princeton's campus is located about one hour from both Philadelphia and New York City, making it the perfect summer camp location. International airports are conveniently located in New York, Newark and Philadelphia for easy access to the Princeton campus. Come check out our Princeton, New Jersey summer 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.
Princeton University Facts
Nickname: The Princeton Tigers
Princeton University History: Founded in 1746 as the College of New Jersey, Princeton is considered one of the "Colonial Colleges," being that it was chartered in the American Colonies before the American Revolution. Princeton is also part of the Ivy League, alongside Brown, Columbia and Harvard.
Student Population: Even though undergraduate education has traditionally been Princeton's focus, the university currently enrolls 2,500 graduate students. This brings Princeton's combined undergraduate and graduate population to just over 7,000.
Rankings: For years, U.S. News & World Report ranked Princeton first among national universities (from 2001 - 2008), making it the perfect academic camp location. After a brief hiatus from the number one spot in 2009 (ranking second to Harvard), Princeton returned to number one in 2010. Among world universities, Princeton was ranked eighth by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Forbes had Princeton ranked first among all national colleges and universities on their 2008 list of "America's Best Colleges." Aside from academics, Princeton is also recognized for other aspects of the college experience. Princeton Review ranked Princeton first in "Students Happy with Financial Aid," and third in "Happiest Students," two spots behind Brown University.
Athletics: Sports Illustrated ranked Princeton as a "Top 10? school for athletics. This ranking is justified by the fact that Princeton captured 36 Ivy League conference championships between 2001 and 2004. One of Princeton's top sports is field hockey, with the team taking every conference title since 1994.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Princeton University alumni include former United States presidents James Madison and Woodrow Wilson. First Lady Michelle Obama is also a Princeton graduate. In Business, Princeton alumni include CEO of eBay Meg Whitman and CEO of Google Eric E. Schmidt. Former Tiger athletes include San Diego Padre teammates Will Venable and Chris Young, and also 2007 Stanley Cup Champion with Anaheim Ducks George Parros. Actor David Duchovny and actress Brooke Shields also graduated from Princeton.
Testimonials from Princeton University
What Parents Are Saying
"We were truly impressed by the level of instruction and attention the students received at iD Tech Camps. My son would come home every day with a huge smile and couldn't wait to return the next day! Thank you for all your time and efforts!" -Donna C., Parent, Princeton University
"We had two boys, 8 and 10, in different classes and they both were so excited each day to tell us about their experiences - they fought in the car ride home over who would talk first! The campus is beautiful, the facility cool and conducive to learning. Apparently the lunches were right up their ally as well. Thanks for making learning fun!" -Colleen B., Parent, Princeton University
"What a great camp experience. This was our first tech camp and I have to say, the program offered a balanced camp experience tailored to my son's interests. He came away having gained the programming knowledge he was looking for, while also being able to spend time out of the lab being active. Thank you." -Robin A., Parent, Princeton University
"Camp was extremely organized and structured; camper and parent-friendly. Also, excellent online resources for visibility into course content." -Margaret T., Parent, Princeton University
"What a great, fun and educational way for a bright and creative kid to spend a week. This week will inspire more self-education all summer long. Thanks for the positive attitudes and enthusiasm. Great work." -Virginia M., Parent, Princeton University
What Campers Are Saying
"This camp was fun, cool and I learned a lot! I definitely want to come back next year if I can! I know I will miss this camp and all the people in it for a long time. I have made lots of new friends, and it will be hard to say goodbye for the summer." -Mason B., Student, Princeton University
"iD Tech Camps has done so much for me in one single week...it has made me more independent, given me knowledge of programming, and made me the best programmer I could be. Thank you so much iD Tech Camps." -Tanya M., Student, Princeton University
"My instructor was great, giving helpful tips and teaching valuable lessons about new software and applications." -Keandre C., Student, Princeton University
"This was a week of iD Tech Camps I will never forget. My instructor taught really well and was helpful whenever I had trouble. I've learned how make a website and had amazing experiences in Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash Animation. I hope I can attend iD Tech Camps next year." -Atif A., Student, Princeton University
"Your teaching was great! The instructors here totally changed my life, and the camp activities were awesome. In my opinion, this is the #1 camp I've ever been to! I now know how to make video games. Thanks so much for making this camp awesome!" -Jacob R., Student, Princeton University
iD in the News
July 24, 2013
By Chris Valdez July 24, 2013 Imaginations come to life during the summer. Focused on their computers, kids at the iD Tech Camp at Vassar College created their own video games, apps for mobile devices and other programs. Across the hall, a camper with a frightening white-painted face groaned like a zombie as he chased [...]Read More
July 18, 2013
Check out this great clip from TV Tokyo about their visit to iD Tech Camps held at Princeton! Click here to watch the video.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
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
February 1, 2012
Move Over Arts and Crafts by Candice Szymczak Article about our Summer camps in NJ and PA!Read More