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Computer Camps Held at Carnegie Mellon 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 Carnegie Mellon University in the Pittsburgh area, PA, 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 6 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

Optional Add-Ons

Click here to learn about our Tuition Assistance Program.

About Carnegie Mellon University

Our Pittsburgh, PA summer camps, located five miles from downtown Pittsburgh, thrive in the heart of the business and research community in the Oakland district. Bordered by quaint residential neighborhoods and the wooded hills of a scenic park, the 100-acre campus provides an academic environment that combines the best of both worlds: an urban campus in a wooded setting.

Did you know the co-founder of iD Tech Camps, Kathryn Ingram, is from Fox Chapel? She’s a die-hard Steelers fan. She attended Penn State and now resides in the Silicon Valley in California.

We have chosen the CMU campus to host our academic summer camps because it is one of the nation’s leading private research universities. Carnegie Mellon’s position of leadership in the arts and in technology is unusual in higher education today. The institution has become a national leader in technological fields such as computer science, robotics and engineering. The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles (and approximately 45 minutes driving time) from Carnegie Mellon University, making Carnegie Mellon University an excellent option for a day camp or overnight camp program. Come check out our elite summer camps in Pennsylvania!

Campus Info: Held at
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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

CMU Facts

Nickname: Tartans

Founded: 1900

Schools at Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, H. John Heinz III College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business.

Student Population: The CMU student population consists of over 5,500 undergraduates and over 5,000 postgraduates.

Rankings: Carnegie Mellon is known for its "tech" heritage. Carnegie Mellon's rankings in computer science, engineering, business and economics, public policy and information systems, psychology, and the arts are considered among the most elite in the world. The university is one of 60 elected members of the Association of American Universities and its academic reputation has led it to be included in Newsweek's list of "New Ivies."

Athletics: The CMU Tartans were a founding part of the University Athletic Association of the NCAA Division III. Before WWII, Carnegie Mellon (previously known as Carnegie Tech) played with NCAA Division I teams and in 1939 the Tartan football team won a birth to the NCAA National Championship at the Sugar Bowl. The Tartans have a deep tradition of athletic rivalry with the Washington University in St. Louis Football team.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: CEO of Sun Microsystems Jonathan I. Schwartz; founding CEO of Activision Jim Levy; and founder of Alice (software) and author of The Last Lecture Randy Pausch.

Testimonials from Carnegie Mellon University

What Parents Are Saying

"This was a wonderful camp. The camp director was very personable, qualified and was always well prepared. I felt very comfortable dropping my son off each morning because I knew he would be taken care of and that he would have a wonderful day. We will be back next year for sure." -Dara H., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

"My son LOVED his experience at camp. In addition to having the best tech experience of his life, he also scored the first soccer goal of his life (and then two more!!)." -Lauren R., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

"I was very impressed with the staff: excitement and energy. All were very engaging with the students and encouraged each student to achieve his/her very best. We will return next year!!!" -Lisa M., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

"My son's 'what I want to be when I grow up' ambition is currently to be a robotics engineer. iD Tech Camps gave him an opportunity to explore and learn about building robots, while having a ton of fun!" -Bethany S., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

"This is a wonderful program for those children who are considering pursuing tech related fields as a career or major in college! Thanks!" -Breanna/Chris M., Parent, Carnegie Mellon University

What Campers Are Saying

"iD Tech Camps is great for everyone because you don't need to know anything about virtual design beforehand. Plus, you make friends and take part in physical activities every day. I recommend iD Tech Camps for everyone because it's not just some summer camp... it's a memory that you will hold on to for your whole life." -Joe R., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

"An immersive camp that brings students closer to whatever engine/program he/she desires to be involved with." -Max K., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

"Before this camp, I had no prior knowledge about how to create a game. But, once I got started, I began to learn all there was to know about Unreal Engine 3, and how to make awesome games. I would recommend this course to anyone..." -Greg T., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

"If I could rate the overall experience better than "Great," I would in a heartbeat. This is the best summer camp in existence." -Stephen C., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

"This place is the BEST camp I have ever been to! Why? You get to do stuff that a real game designer does. For example, you get to use advanced software to create your own game. Now let's not even talk about the food! The food is fabulous!" -Andrej M., Student, Carnegie Mellon University

iD in the News

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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

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 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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As appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - article about our PA summer camps held at CMU

July 25, 2010

They sure don't make summer camps like they used to by Erich Schwartzel Matthew Kowalyk spent last week at camp, sleeping in a Carnegie Mellon dorm that's nice but "not ventilated well." He walked down the hall -- and not the hill -- to take a shower, and his days were spent in front of [...]

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As appeared in The Pittsburgh Tribune - article about PA summer camp activities

June 3, 2010

Website helps connect bored kids with hands-on summer activities By Patrick Cloonan An 8-year-old might enjoy a treasure hunter's week that uses map-reading and riddles to find hidden trails and prizes. A teenager could learn how to design unique fashions or perfect a jump shot. A soon-to-be-kindergartner's eyes might light up at the thought of [...]

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