Summer Tech Camps Held at Vanderbilt University
Computer camps for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt University in the Nashville area of TN, 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 Vanderbilt University
This is our 9th season hosting Nashville, TN summer camps at our Vanderbilt 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 Vanderbilt University summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen to host our summer academic computer camps for kids and teens at Vanderbilt University because it is one of America's top 20 universities. The campus is something of a world unto itself, boasting modern classrooms, labs, residence halls, coffee shops, bookstores, facilities for concerts, plays, lectures, films, sports and recreation and more. With day camp and overnight camp options, this elite computer camp in Tennessee is an amazing summer program!
Vanderbilt is a renowned private research university. iD Tech Camps students live and move comfortably among ancient magnolias, sweeping lawns, and buildings that balance Victorian dignity with high-tech elegance.
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
Vanderbilt University Facts
Student Population: 6,532 undergraduate and 5,315 graduate and professional students make up the Vanderbilt student body. This student body represents all 50 states along with more than 90 countries. Located in Tennessee, Vanderbilt sees 55% of the total student body coming in from outside the Southeast and 8% of students coming in from outside of the United States. Just about half of the student body is comprised of women.
Rankings: In ranking national universities for 2010, U.S. News & World Report placed Vanderbilt at 17th (tied with Rice and Emory University). Looking at graduate programs, U.S. News & World placed the Peabody College of Education #1 in the nation among schools of education. Vanderbilt is also ranked #1 in the nation in the fields of audiology, special education and education administration.
Athletics: As an original member of the Southeastern Conference, Vanderbilt is the SEC's only private school and also the conference's smallest school (the next smallest SEC school, the University of Mississippi has almost double the amount of undergraduate students). Vanderbilt's strongest teams have traditionally been men's and women's tennis and men's and women's basketball.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Vanderbilt's most distinguished graduate is Al Gore, 45th Vice President of the United States, former U.S. Senator, former U.S. Representative, and environmental activist.
Points of Interest: Valley Amusement Park, Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Nashville Zoo, Country Music Hall of Fame.
Testimonials from Vanderbilt University
What Parents Are Saying
"This was a great experience. The staff was excellent, the kids learned a ton and what they learned is a great first step in preparing them to be competitive in the new economy. We'll be back next year." -Steve P., Parent, Vanderbilt University
"Our daughter attended camp a couple years ago and loved it, so my expectations were pretty high. You met them and exceeded them! Your staff is outstanding. My son doesn't want to stop playing his game and I'm sure he'll design more. Thank you!" -Jacqueline W., Parent, Vanderbilt University
"This was the summer experience my son wanted to repeat from last year. He loved camp both years and looks forward to next. He has wanted to be a video game creator since age 5, and this is just the thing for him." -Robin E., Parent, Vanderbilt University
"My son absolutely loved his course, and cannot wait to enroll in the more advanced level next year. I was also impressed. The staff was very helpful and friendly... this was definitely a positive experience!" -Bonnie J., Parent, Vanderbilt University
"The staff are well-credentialed and great with parents and kids. This was a one-of-a-kind of opportunity for kids who want to go beyond the playing of a game to the development and construction of the game." -Dana J., Parent, Vanderbilt University
What Campers Are Saying
"I loved iD Tech Camps. It was awesome learning to make my own game. It was SOOOOO much fun!" -Zenab M., Student, Vanderbilt University
"I think iD Tech Camps is the best camp evvvvverrr. There were AWESOME teachers, cool stuff and GREAT games!!!" -Ladd E., Student, Vanderbilt University
"iD Tech Camps was the best camp I have ever been to in my life. I had so much fun and made new friends. I recommend this to all." -Armand B., Student, Vanderbilt University
"iD Tech Camps was a fun experience. The staff and students are filled with energy and excitement. The dining hall had great food, and that's saying a lot considering I'm such a picky eater. Being on a university campus also added the aura of what it's going to be like in college. My medication was distributed right on time, another plus to my camp experience. My experience was amazing at iD Tech Camps." -Colton B., Student, Vanderbilt University
"I had a wonderful experience at iD Tech Camps. I was a complete beginner at the beginning of the course, but by the end of the week the instructors had me at the level where I was able to do a lot of the programming on my own. The instructors were very nice and helpful and were able to explain things that might not be exciting, exciting. I really enjoyed my time and I know for sure that I will be back!" -Kyle J., Student, Vanderbilt University
iD in the News
June 13, 2014
Summer just started but it didn't take long for a local news feature on iD Tech! NewsChannel 5 in Nashville recently paid a visit to iD Tech Camps at Vanderbilt, talking to students, interviewing instructors, showcasing projects, and more! According to anchor Rhori Johnston "Kids are having a great time preparing for their future, and [...]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
More education in computer programming will put students on path to success, advocates say - Article as Written by The Tennessean
June 25, 2013
By Hamlet Fort | The Tennessean Children stare at computer screens, their faces tight with concentration, typing numbers, letters and symbols on their keyboards in a seemingly nonsensical pattern. A string of entries, the press of a key, and one smiles as an animated dog moves across the screen. Across the room, another wears a [...]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