University of Houston Summer Tech Camps
UH summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at the University of Houston
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 the University of Houston in Houston, 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.
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 University of Houston
This is our 9th season hosting summer camps at our University of Houston 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 Houston summer day camps and overnight camps are located in Houston, TX.
The University of Houston's 560-acre campus includes lush greenery, fountains, sculptures, and recreational fields surrounding modern classrooms, high-tech laboratories and study facilities. Its proximity to the heart of the nation's fourth largest city, Houston, is also quite an advantage.We have chosen UH to host our summer camps because it is Texas' premier public metropolitan research and teaching institution. UH stands at the forefront of education, research and service. Likewise, the resources of the Gulf Coast region complement and enrich the university's academic programs.
UH is located inside Loop 610 approximately 7.5 miles north of William P. Hobby Airport - making it a convenient day camp and overnight camp option in Houston. Come check out our summer camps in Houston, TX at the University of Houston!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
University of Houston Facts
Schools at University of Houston: UH offers coursework through a variety of academic colleges, as follows: Hines College of Architecture, Bauer College of Business, College of Education, Cullen College of Engineering, Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management, University of Houston Law Center, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, Graduate College of Social Work, College of Technology.
Rankings: UH has been recognized for Campus Ethnic Diversity and ranked #2 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review has also recognized the academic quality of UH and has ranked their entrepreneurship program as the best in the nation. In terms of public universities who produce CEOs of S&P 500 companies, UH ranks 5th according to Bloomberg Markets.
Athletics: The University of Houston Cougars are members of Conference USA, and since the conference was formed in 1995, UH has won a respectable 33 titles. UH sponsors 16 intercollegiate programs, with their most successful programs being men's golf, men's basketball (five NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four appearances), and men's baseball (two appearances in the College World Series). In addition, UH has produced more than 50 Olympic athletes, who have brought home 33 medals, 19 of which were gold medals.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Those in entertainment who have attended UH include actor Dennis Quaid; actor Randy Quaid; country music singer Kenny Rogers; and former Managing Editor and Anchor for the CBS Evening News Dan Rather. Cougars who have gone on to success in professional sports include former NBA Center for Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors Hakeem Olajuwon. Other notable alumni include the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics Mary Kay Ash, and founding developer of WordPress Matt Mullenweg.
Testimonials from University of Houston
What Parents Are Saying
"My son could not wait to head off to camp every day! I felt he was well taken care of and excited that he was able to spend the week at a university doing something he loves." -Melissa K., Parent, University of Houston
"I was very impressed with the organization, counselors and facilities. A very positive experience that I would not hesitate to recommend to others." -Cameron P., Parent, University of Houston
"My son had a great experience. I appreciate all the effort of the staff to help my son with his project. He is now excited to tackle this project at home. Thank you to all the staff members for this wonderful experience." -Giovanni T., Parent, University of Houston
"I loved the interaction with the camp counselors during check-in and check-out. My son loved his course and felt that he was learning new things every day." -Kellie B., Parent, University of Houston
"My son had an awesome time at iD Tech Camps. It was a great opportunity to combine his creative skills with computer skills." -Angela D., Parent, University of Houston
What Campers Are Saying
"This was a great camp, and now I know how to make my own map on Unreal Tournament. I'm definitely coming back next year." -Billy F., Student, University of Houston
"Everything I have experienced at iD Tech Camps was great. The instructors were helpful, accommodating and overall fun people to be around. Best experience I've had this summer..." -Matthew L., Student, University of Houston
"My instructor was a good teacher and all of the others were also very cool. I cannot think of a single complaint. I learned what I wanted to learn and had fun while doing it. The skills I have learned will help me later in life through hobbies and possibly careers. In total, I believe that this camp was very worth it, and I will gladly return next year if I get the chance." -Timo F., Student, University of Houston
"I really enjoyed coming to this camp every day. I liked working with the instructors who were very knowledgeable about the particular subjects we had chosen to learn about. All-in-all I enjoyed my experience here and made many lasting friendships. Thanks iD!" -Adam Y., Student, University of Houston
"The camp was fun and full of gaming experiences! I have enjoyed meeting other people with the same love of technology!" -Zoe H., Student, University of Houston
iD in the News
University of Houston
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August 7, 2013
By Cory Stottlemyer From creating iOS apps to interning at Facebook and Google, rising University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign junior Matthew Dierker has already compiled an enviable resume that has made the Clements graduate a leader amongst his peers. From kindergarten until his freshman year of high school, Dierker had dreams of becoming a broadcast news [...]Read More
Playing Computer Games Is Encouraged at This Summer Camp - Article as Appeared on KUHF Houston Public Radio
July 11, 2013
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July 11, 2013
By Florian Martin July 11, 2013 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 [...]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 Than Just a Game Camps give kids a taste of tech careers - Article as Appeared in San Antonio Magazine
May 31, 2013
By Amanda Cano While most camps require parents to send their kids armed with sunscreen, bug spray and extra snacks, at iD Tech Camps at Trinity University, all they’ll need is their imagination. “We are taking students’ interests and showing them how they can make something more of it and turn it into a lucrative [...]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
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