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    Summer programs held at Columbia

Computer Camps Held at Columbia 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 150 campuses nationwide. At Columbia University in New York, NY, 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.


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Registration for our Summer 2017 season opens November 1. Add to calendar.

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!

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About Columbia University

This is our 11th season hosting summer camps at our Columbia 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 Columbia University summer day camps are among a handful of elite summer camps located in New York City.

Our summer academic camps at Columbia University offer students the chance to take in rich Ivy league culture while learning cutting-edge tech skills. Originally named King's College, Columbia was re-named in 1784 to embody the patriotism that ignited America's quest for independence. Pulitzer Prize winning writer and Columbia alumnus Herman Wouk described it as a place of "doubled magic" in which "the best things of all human history and thought" were contained. Columbia is an elite member of the Ivy League and a world-class institution particularly renowned as a center for research. Now over 250 years old, Columbia University is as rich in history as our country itself.

The campus is easily accessible by New York City subways and buses, making it easy to commute to this summer camp in New York. Columbia University is an excellent option for a day camp in the Tri-State area.

Campus Info: Held at Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

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

Columbia University Facts

Nickname: Lions

Founded: 1754

Student Population: The highly selective Columbia University only admitted 8.9% of applicants for the Class of 2013, one of the lowest rates in the nation. A racially diverse school, Columbia has accumulated a student body that is made up with 52% of all students identifying themselves as persons of color. Additionally, of the class of 2013, 50.3% of all undergraduates will be receiving some form of financial aid.

Rankings: Tied with the University of Chicago, Columbia's undergraduate school is ranked 8th among national universities by the 2010 U.S. News and World Report, making it the perfect academic summer camp location. They are also ranked 7th among world universities and 6th among universities in the Americas by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Athletics: The Columbia Lions are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and compete with 29 varsity sports teams. One hundred blocks north of main campus at Morningside Heights is where the Lions football team plays their home games.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, actors and more make up a large portion of the Columbia alumni group. This list includes: 26th President of the United States (1901-1909) and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Theodore Roosevelt; 32nd President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt; 34th President of the United States (1953-1961) Dwight Eisenhower; President Barack Obama; Actor James Franco; Actor Jake Gyllenhaal; Actor Ed Harris; and Grammy Award winning singer and composer Alicia Keys.
Points of Interest: New York Aquarium, The City Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Madison Square Garden, American Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Washington Square, and Union Square.

Testimonials from Columbia University

  • "Our son absolutely loved his week at iD Tech Camps (and he's usually very hard to please)! He looked forward to going every day, was excited about his project and said that he'd really learned a lot. The staff members were fantastic - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and always helpful. Thanks so much for a rewarding and fun-filled learning experience!"
    - Jeannie C., Parent, Columbia University
  • "The setting is good, the staff friendly and the program well organized. Thank you for a fun week."
    - Elisabeth R., Parent, Columbia University
  • "I am very satisfied with the camp staff for their great work and support for my son. I will definitely send him again to iD Tech Camps next year. Most of all, my son enjoyed it very much."
    - Haeyoung L., Parent, Columbia University
  • "We appreciate getting to meet the instructor and seeing and playing the game my son created. The diploma ceremony was very positive, giving individual and personalized, positive comments about each student showed how much the instructors came to know and appreciate each of the kids."
    - Norah M., Parent, Columbia University
  • "My son and his friend had a fantastic time at camp this week! Thank you."
    - Margo D., Parent, Columbia University
  • "We didn't only get to program our games, but we also got to play computer games, board games and play outside. All of the instructors were very helpful... It was really fun."
    - Haley S., Student, Columbia University
  • "I had a lot of fun using the programs. I made a lot of new friends and I hope to come back next year!"
    - Noah S., Student, Columbia University
  • "I was not sure how much of an entire programming language I could learn in a week, but after completing my final project, I feel like I have really learned some key aspects of Java™. Enough so that I want to pursue the language and delve into more advanced programming."
    - Jacob C., Student, Columbia University
  • "It takes skills to make anyone want to do something for 7 hours straight. iD Tech Camps did this to me with programming."
    - Ryan L., Student, Columbia University
  • "Camp was cool - the instructors are fun and they care about you and your work."
    - Amy G., Student, Columbia University