Ohio State University Summer Tech Camps
OSU summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Ohio State 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 Ohio State University in Columbus, 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 Ohio State University
This is our 7th season hosting Columbus, OH summer camps at our Ohio State 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 Ohio State University summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen Ohio State University to host our summer academic camps due to its leadership and excellence in public education. Similar to iD's mission, one of the university's core values is to "ignite a lifelong love of learning" in students. Ohio State is a multi-campus university with a main campus in Columbus where students benefit from a scholarly environment in which research inspires and informs teaching.
OSU was recently recognized as one of the top 15 "innovative" universities by U.S. News and World Report. A big university means a big opportunity. OSU is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state. Ohio State University is an excellent option for either a day camp or overnight camp program.
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Ohio State University Facts
Schools and Colleges at Ohio State University: The Ohio State University offers coursework through: College of Dentistry, College of Engineering, College of Education and Human Ecology, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Social Work, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Max M. Fisher College of Business, Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
Student Population: One of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State enrolls over 50,000 students, with 38,000 undergraduates and over 13,000 postgraduates.
Rankings: The Association of American Universities has only one public university from the state of Ohio, and Ohio State University became that school all the way back in 1916. Due to its relatively high educational quality, Ohio State University was named a "Public Ivy" school by Howard and Matthew Greene in 2000. OSU has also been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as the 18th best public university and 53rd overall ranked university in the nation. While these are outstanding rankings, Ohio State is continually making improvements, and because of this, they have been ranked 14th in U.S. News' list of "Up and Coming" colleges and universities.
Athletics: The Ohio State Buckeyes participate in the NCAA's Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference (alongside rival the University of Michigan) in most of their intercollegiate sports. Their men's hockey team is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and the women's hockey team participates as part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. "Brutus" the Buckeye is the official Ohio State University mascot.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Ohio State alumni include Executive at Netscape and America Online Susan Mernit; President of the Tiger Woods Foundation Gregory McLaughlin; and lead singer of the country music trio Rascal Flatts Gary LeVox.
Testimonials from Ohio State University
What Parents Are Saying
"I was impressed at the organization of the camp. My daughter enjoyed the instructors and loved learning computer design. This was a wonderful experience for her." -Drew T., Parent, Ohio State University
"The instructors and camp director were very engaging and positive. My son had a great time and learned a lot. Thank you." -Cindy J., Parent, Ohio State University
"Per my son's feedback, "iD Tech Camps is the coolest place" he has ever been to. It challenged him, and with the help of the instructors, he overcame difficulties. My son was nervous at first but quickly enjoyed the experience. The combination of the college dorm experience was a great added bonus for a high schooler." -Danyael W., Parent, Ohio State University
"My son had a great time and said he learned a great deal. The staff was friendly and helpful and we loved being able to see my son in the photos online. Thanks so much." -Kelly L., Parent, Ohio State University
"This was my son's first tech camp of any kind. iD Tech Camps taught him many skills, but also opened his eyes to all the possibilities in the tech and gaming world. I think this experience will ultimately be life changing for him. Great job." -Linda S., Parent, Ohio State University
What Campers Are Saying
"This was the best camp I have ever been to! The staff was very positive about the programs. I had to create a really hard game for my instructor to beat so he would have a challenge. As an overall experience, I loved the camp and would like to come back next year." -Bryce T., Student, Ohio State University
"iD Tech Camps is an amazing place for gamers of all ages who want to learn what happens behind the scenes of their favorite games! It is rewarding and absolutely fun!" -Sievey J., Student, Ohio State University
"Everyone was friendly and kind. Between everyone and I had so much fun and this makes me want to come back again during the summer or next year. The staff have been so funny and enjoyable to their students." -Alexander H., Student, Ohio State University
"I really enjoyed this camp... it was a lot of fun! I have officially decided that I want to do the overnight option next time around." -Maddie B., Student, Ohio State University
"I had a FANTASTIC time here at camp! I hope I can come back next year!" -Grant L., Student, Ohio State 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
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
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 [...]Read More