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    TCU summer programs for kids & teens

Computer Camps Held at Texas Christian University

Important update: iD Tech Camps will no longer be held at TCU for Summer 2015. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we encourage you to consider one of our other Texas summer camp locations.

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!

Learning

  • 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.

Staff

  • 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!

Meals

  • 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.

Tuition

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 Texas Christian University

This is our 4th season hosting week-long Fort Worth, TX summer camps at Texas Christian University. Our popular summer day camps and overnight camps allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.. We strike the right balance between off-computer activities (creative games, sports, life skills, etc.) and essential cutting-edge technology education to foster STEM skill development (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

We have chosen Texas Christian University to host our summer teen camps in the Dallas area because of the school's reputation as a top national institution—as recognized by the U.S. News and World Report. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, TCU is a Tier 1 University with firm liberal arts roots. The university offers 118 undergraduate majors that include the popular Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering.

Located in Fort Worth, and founded in 1873, TCU is a private university that boasts a vibrant academic community composed of new and updated facilities. The University encourages discovery, leadership and creativity through a "culture that enables the search for meaning and success"—making it the perfect Texas summer camp location.

Campus Info: Held at Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX 76129

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

Texas Christian University Facts

Motto: Knowledge is Power

Founded: 1873

Student Population: Almost 10,000 students, with over 7,000 undergraduates. Women make up 57% of the student population.

Campus: The campus is located near downtown Forth Worth, and covers 272 acres.

Rankings: TCU is ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as a Tier 1 University.

Athletics: TCU is a NCAA school and competes in the Mountain West Conference. Their Horned Frogs teams are traditionally rivals with the SMU Mustangs of Dallas.

Distinguished Alumni: Notable alumni include James Cash, Jr., a board member of GE and Microsoft, John Davis, a billionaire entrepreneur, Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Secret Life of Bees, and Travis Schuldt, an actor on Scrubs.

Testimonials from Texas Christian University

What Parents Are Saying

"Kooper had a great time at camp. He was able to learn new things that will hopefully jump start a future career." -Lewana P., Parent, Texas Christian University

"My daughter had a lot of fun. Definitely wants to come back." -Terry R., Parent, Texas Christian University

"Thank you for making it a great experience. I do appreciate the extended drop off and pick up times. Very helpful." -Geeta G., Parent, Texas Christian University

"Our son had an amazing experience at camp. It was his first time away from home and the counselors and director could not have been any more helpful. They were nothing short of amazing in helping in absolutely ANY way possible. I could sing the praises of his instructor for the rest of time! We will definitely be attending again next summer!" -Emily S., Parent, Texas Christian University

"Pick up and drop off was soo easy. Thanks for delivering our kiddos to us. My child was so excited to come each day." -Ashleigh H., Parent, Texas Christian University

"Loved the experience!! Thank you for taking good care of my son this week. Great NEW college campus experience, dorm life, and fun new friends who also love to learn new things about MineCraft!! Thank you for teaching them and encouraging them to design and create on their own!! We WILL be back! Appreciate ALL you guys for a great week!!" -Cindi-Marie L., Parent, Texas Christian University

What Campers Are Saying

"I had a great time here and will definitely come back next year to try something new and to do the overnight experience. I look forward to downloading the toolkit we used onto my computer and using it." -Nick Y., Student, Texas Christian University

"If you like video games, funny teachers, and making friends, then you'll LOVE this camp!" -Preston Y., Student, Texas Christian University

"Great people, both the campers and the staff. Every. Single. Year. I love it. Best camp ever." -Spencer W., Student, Texas Christian University

"Great Instructors made the Programming in Java™ extremely fun and interesting. Now I want to learn even more about Java™ programming." -William T., Student, Texas Christian University

"This camp has been very fun. I hope to come back some day for another program. The camp leaders were fun, energetic, and there was seldom a question you could ask they didn't know." -Breighton C., Student, Texas Christian University

iD in the News

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iD Tech Featured on It Ain’t Rocket Science!

July 16, 2014

What do you get when you combine the world’s #1 tech camp with an award-winning TV series from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds? A pretty cool It Ain’t Rocket Science video feature! “From robots to game design, the students are spending their summer immersed in all things digital.” The footage captured our camps [...]

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Playing Computer Games Is Encouraged at This Summer Camp - Article as Appeared on KUHF Houston Public Radio

July 11, 2013

By Florian Martin Summer time is camp time for many kids. Often, that means spending the days and nights with others somewhere outside, often near water. And then there are camps like the one offered at the University of Houston this month. So-called coding camps or tech camps are not your traditional summer camps. Instead [...]

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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 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 [...]

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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 msnbc.com 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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