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  • Summer Tech Camps held at Southern Methodist University

    Summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at SMU

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 150 campuses nationwide. At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, 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.

NEARLY SOLD OUT: Due to extremely high demand at SMU, most courses are sold out. If the course you want is sold out (see course grid below), please check real-time availability at nearby locations: UT Dallas, Texas Christian University, or any of our other Texas locations.

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Registration for our Summer 2017 season opens November 1. Add to calendar.

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!

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About Southern Methodist University

This is our 15th season hosting summer camps in Dallas, TX at our Southern Methodist 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 summer day camps and overnight summer camps held at Southern Methodist University allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.

We have chosen Southern Methodist University to host our elite summer camps in Texas because of its enduring reputation as a top university. The city of Dallas has supported SMU since its beginning, when local citizens pledged $300,000 to secure the University. SMU also boasts quite the cultural scene with its Meadows Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain, including works by such masters as Goya, Picasso, and Miro.

Our academic camps at SMU entail a small, caring academic community in the heart of a vibrant international Sun Belt City. Consistently ranked in the top third of national universities in the guide America's Best Colleges, SMU enrolls more than 10,000 students from all 50 states and 100 foreign countries. Located just five miles north of downtown, the wooded SMU campus stretches over 165 acres.

The university is located approximately 3 miles from the Love Field Airport, and 19 miles from DFW International Airport. Driving by car is the top mode of transportation for Dallasites, but the city does offer many transportation options, including a vast network of light-rail and bus service provided by Dallas Area Rapid Transit, making it the perfect Texas summer camp location.

Campus Info: Held at
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275

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

Southern Methodist University Facts

Nickname: Mustangs

Founded: 1911

Schools at Southern Methodist University: SMU consists of seven schools which grant degrees: Cox School of Business, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman School of Law, Meadows School of the Arts, Perkins School of Theology, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development, and finally the Lyle School of Engineering.

Student Population: Southern Methodist University is the host to over 6,000 undergraduates and over 4,500 postgraduates.

Rankings: SMU consistently ranks in the top third of national universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual guidebook of America's Best Colleges. The Cox School of Business is nationally recognized as a business education leader by BusinessWeek, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and The Wall Street Journal.

Athletics: SMU's athletics teams, fondly known as the Mustangs, participate in the NCAA's Division I (I-A for football) as a member of Conference USA (C-USA). Football is the defacto sport at SMU.

Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Former First Lady of the United States Laura Bush; Chairman and CEO of Texas Instruments Mark Shepherd; Chairman and CEO of Enron Jeffrey Skilling; Emmy Award-winning actor Powers Boothe.

Points of Interest: Sandy Lake Amusement Park, Reunion Tower, Museum of Nature and Science, Frontiers Of Flight Museum, Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Garden, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Children's Museum, Aquarium at Fair Park.

Testimonials from iD Tech held at SMU

  • "My son grew in ways that I never thought possible, thank you for allowing him a safe place to learn, grow and mature!"
    - Misty B., Parent, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "I am very impressed with the level of enthusiasm and quality of instruction that your staff is able to pass along to my son. All of my kids look forward to participating in the future."
    - Lisa Z., Parent, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "From the minute he walked into his first camp last year, we knew Max had found his place. He took two courses last summer, he's taking four this summer, and he looks forward to every minute. We're impressed with the scope of offerings, something to please every gamer, and look forward to returning over the years at different campuses throughout the country as Max moves closer towards college (he's 11 now). Other camps bore him silly; in this one, he gets to do what he loves. What a great idea! Thank you for giving my son a creative outlet like this!"
    - Ronda S., Parent, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "My son's instructor is clearly passionate about what he is doing and my son talked about him/class all the way home, every day! Great preparation for him."
    - Brian W., Parent, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "I was very impressed with how quickly my student was able to learn a complicated set of programs in one week. The small student/teacher ratio makes the difference..."
    - Pam S., Parent, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "I can't put into words how amazed and appreciative I am of how far my instructor went for this class. He is by far the kindest, most patient, fun and supportive instructor I've ever had. I strongly appreciate her responsibility, leadership, and kindness. The project was very fun and I think the instruction was awesome overall. The equipment was incredible, and overall, I had a great experience with iD Tech Camps and I hope to return next year."
    - Joshua Z., Student, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "iD Tech Camps has probably changed my life. I always wanted to have a career that involves computers, but I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do. I loved designing maps for Unreal and I want to do it as an adult."
    - Braxton C., Student, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "I liked iD Tech Camps a lot because the staff is really helpful, the dorms are awesome and the experience is just amazing. I'm definitely coming back next year."
    - Spencer W., Student, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "The instructors are extremely caring people who are very knowledgeable in many fields besides their own. Knowing this made me feel confident about what I have learned, and I am now more prepared for the future."
    - Joshua S., Student, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University
  • "iD Tech Camps has been a great help in my overall programming experience. After teaching myself web design languages such as html, Java™Script, css, php, and xml, I started learning C#. Then I came to iD Tech Camps to learn C++, and was given a great environment to learn all the core elements."
    - Ethan H., Student, iD Tech held at Southern Methodist University