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    UNC summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at UNC-Chapel Hill

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 UNC-Chapel Hill in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, 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!

Learning

  • 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.

Staff

  • 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!

Meals

  • 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.

Tuition

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

Optional Add-Ons

Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.

About UNC - Chapel Hill

This is our 13th season hosting summer camps in North Carolina at our UNC Chapel Hill 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 UNC Chapel Hill summer day camps and overnight camps are located in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC.

We have chosen the UNC Chapel Hill campus to host our academic summer camps because this school, the nation's first public university, is consistently ranked among the nation's very best public schools. Chapel Hill, North Carolina anchors one corner of the famed Research Triangle, which continues to play a vital role in nurturing the economic development of the state. Chapel Hill has been called "The perfect college town" by several publications, including Sports Illustrated. The 729-acre central campus is among the most beautiful in the nation. Follow brick walkways into the University's early years by taking a walking tour of its most historic sites.

Our Chapel Hill, NC summer camps are about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Come and check out our elite North Carolina day camp, overnight camp and Ultimate Gaming Weekend programs!

Campus Info: Held at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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

UNC - Chapel Hill Facts

Nickname: Tar Heels

Founded: 1789

Schools at UNC Chapel Hill: Coursework in a variety of academic areas are offered through UNC's College of Arts & Sciences, Kenan-Flagler Business School, School of Dentistry, School of Government, School of Education, School of Information & Library Science, School of Journalism & Mass Communication, School of Law, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Social Work.

Student Population: UNC Chapel Hill hosts over 17,500 undergraduates and over 8,000 postgraduates.

Rankings: Recognized as one of the nation's premier public universities, UNC ranks 5th among such universities, according to the U.S. News and World Report and is consistently referred to as a "Public Ivy" school. In 2005, BusinessWeek named UNC's business school program as the fifth "Best Executive MBA." Students receive great value for their tuition dollars at UNC, as Kiplinger's Personal Finance has ranked UNC as the number one "best value" public school for students who reside in the state of North Carolina.

Athletics: Tar Heel Blue may be one of the most recognizable colors in all of college sports. UNC participates in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable UNC alumni include former CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase William B. Harrison; American Idol 6th place finalist Anoop Desai; and former CEO of Bank of America Hugh McColl.

Points of Interest: Dean E Smith Center (named after legendary basketball coach Dean Smith), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Kenan Stadium, Ackland Art Museum, Playmakers Theatre, Coker Arboretum and the Kidzu Children's Museum.

Testimonials from UNC - Chapel Hill

What Parents Are Saying

"They take all the energy and enthusiasm that the campers have and use in such a positive way the campers do not realize they are learning." -Janet M., Parent, UNC-Chapel Hill

"Have always loved the staff and the challenges. My son always leaves with a higher self-esteem." -Cindy T., Parent, UNC-Chapel Hill

"When I first met the Camp Director, I was so impressed with her positive energy and friendliness. It helped me feel comfortable leaving my kids for a week! My son had a fabulous time, felt a real sense of accomplishment, and came away with great memories. Thanks for everything!" -Cathrine G., Parent, UNC-Chapel Hill

"Best camp experience we've had with any organization. I have two boys with very different personalities and each was engaged and enthusiastic all week long. The week flew by and we will be back. Supervision was excellent. The counselors are mature, intelligent, enthusiastic and generally over-qualified for their jobs. Thanks for a great week." -Cathy B., Parent, UNC-Chapel Hill

"My son said that he felt safe and well cared for at the camp. The instructors were well-qualified, concerned, and above all taught well. We'll be back." -Mike B., Parent, UNC-Chapel Hill

What Campers Are Saying

"iD Tech Camps rocks! I learned a lot about Autodesk Maya and how the software works. I've had a great time at iD Tech Camps and you should, too!" -Rawlings O., Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

"This has been one of the best weeks of my life. iD has taught me things that no other camp could have fit into one week. The instructors know what they are doing and are always willing to help. Thank you iD Tech Camps!" -Dixon D., Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

"It was amazing! I really hope to come back! Hopefully soon! It is an amazing camp! I would suggest it to anyone that enjoys computers, games, anything like that. I love iD Tech Camps!" -Alessandro S., Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

"I loved how there seemed to be infinite possibilities to what we could do. They helped us, but at the same time, they let us make almost anything we wanted!" -Jonathan R., Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

"iD Tech Camps gives me the knowledge and confidence to know that I can do whatever I want, and allows me to be myself and make true, lasting friendships. I can't praise this camp enough." -Phillip D., Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

iD in the News

UNC - Chapel Hill

Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity - Article as Written by The Associated Press

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Watch iD Tech Camps on NBC's Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

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 [...]

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As appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek - Computer Camp: No Canoes, Just Coding (and Kickball)

August 4, 2011

Junior programmers are flocking to Stanford, MIT, and elsewhere to hone their app-writing skills By George Anders Michael Matias traveled 7,400 miles to camp this summer. Usually the 15-year-old computer enthusiast finds plenty to do in Tel Aviv, his hometown. But when a friend won renown as a hotshot programmer after attending a California tech [...]

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