Case Western Reserve University Summer Tech Camps
Case summer courses for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Case Western Reserve
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 Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, 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.
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 Case Western Reserve
This is our 9th season hosting elite summer camps in Cleveland, Ohio at our Case Western Reserve 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 Case Western Reserve University summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen Case Western Reserve University to host our academic summer camps because of its unique campus and strong reputation as a research university. Case's campus is a 155 acre park-like setting nestled in University Circle, an extraordinary square mile of art museums, botanical gardens and galleries, making it the cultural hub of Cleveland, Ohio. The campus' architectural diversity runs the gamut from the traditional grandeur of Adelbert Hall to the ultramodern flair of the Peter B. Lewis building, and reflects the full range of backgrounds and interests of their students. Case Western Reserve University is an excellent option for a day camp or overnight camp program.
Case is among the country's leading independent research universities, ranking 12th among private universities in federal funding for research. Case Western consistently ranks in the top 5 among undergraduate biomedical engineering programs. In addition, Case operates nearly 100 designated research centers and laboratories.
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Case Western Reserve University Facts
Schools and Colleges at Case Western Reserve University: Case Western currently offers courses through ten schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Dental Medicine, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Frances Payne Bolton, Case School of Engineering, School of Law, School of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, School of Nursing, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Graduate Studies.
Student Population: Case Western Reserve has 4,356 undergraduate students and 5,458 graduate and professional students. The undergraduate student body is made up of a group that hails from all 50 states and represents 82 different countries.
Rankings: Among national universities, Case Western Reserve's undergraduate program is ranked #41, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2008 rankings. Known nationally for its medical school (ranked #25 for research and #37 in primary care), Case Western is also recognized for other areas of study, such as Biomedical Engineering (ranked #6 for undergraduates and #8 among graduate biomedical engineering programs), making it the perfect location for our Ohio summer camps.
Athletics: Case Western Reserve University has participated in athletics as a member of the University Athletic Association (UAA) since the early 1990s. The UAA competes at the NCAA Division III level. The university offers 10 men's sports and nine women's sports, with two of the teams achieving unprecedented success in the last few years.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Case Western alumni include Executive Vice President of Microsoft Robert J. Herbold; founder of Craigslist Craig Newmark; and legendary football coach of the Miami Dolphins Don Shula.
Points of Interest: Our summer camps in Ohio are located near Cedar Point Amusement Park, Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Jacobs Field, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Testimonials from Case Western Reserve
What Parents Are Saying
"My son enjoyed his week at Case very much! The opportunity to be with other students who share his enthusiasm for computers and game design was a valuable learning experience for him. Thanks for a great week!" -Shelley B., Parent, Case Western Reserve University
"My son's positive feedback was specific and highlighted his skills and areas for growth. Thanks for a great week!" -Rebecca H., parent, Case Western Reserve University
"My son is always skeptical about things he starts. After the first day he was ecstatic about the class. He loves playing the games but making them thrilled him immensely. Thank you for offering him this opportunity." -Vicki F., Parent, Case Western Reserve University
"My daughter had a fantastic time!!! When she came to camp she was very shy. During camp she made a lot of friends and the experience brought her true personality out. Now she has a great deal of confidence in her ability and wants to return next year for 4 weeks. Great job iD Tech Camps... this is a good opportunity for girls. Thanks again for showing our daughter she has talent!!!" -Kim W., Parent, Case Western Reserve University
"My son had a wonderful and informative week. He's fired up about programming thanks to this camp!" -Sandra S., Parent, Case Western Reserve University
What Campers Are Saying
"I had a great time and will never forget what I learned here or the memories made." -Dakota W., Student, Case Western Reserve University
"This camp has been really exciting for me! Not only did I make new friends, but I also expanded my knowledge of Java™. This has been a really interesting, intellectually stimulating and super fun week!" -Peter S., Student, Case Western Reserve University
"This camp is great and is a fun summer activity if you are interested in a career in the video game industry." -Henry C., Student, Case Western Reserve University
"iD Tech Camps =cool, cooler, coolest." -Zach G., Student, Case Western Reserve University
"It is like escaping from the world and going to a place where everyone is the same... a living paradise." -Daniel B., Student, Case Western Reserve University
iD in the News
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This summer some kids are living a dream. They are at camp, designing video games - As Appeared in The Plain Dealer
July 25, 2013
By Evan Winston The room isn't loud, but there is plenty of communication among the campers as they check out each other's work. They use an online curriculum and get tips from instructors. "I do camps all the time, but when I saw the description for this camp I was interested to learn the things [...]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
January 29, 2013
By Amanda Sims Meet the next Steve Jobs: [caption id="attachment_59781" align="alignright" width="492"] Photo by Erica Gannett[/caption] Andrew. The 14-year-old from suburban Glencoe already has six apps available for download in Apple’s App Store and won a scholarship to the Apple World Wide Developer’s Conference in June 2012. He was one of the youngest in attendance. [...]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