Summer Tech Camps Held at the University of Virginia
UVA summer programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at the University of Virginia
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 Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, 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 Virginia
This is our 11th season overall hosting Charlottesville summer camps at the University of Virginia. 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 camps held at the University of Virginia allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen the University of Virginia to host our summer computer camps because of its convenient Charlottesville location and beautiful college campus. Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport is only about 20 minutes from UVA, while Richmond International Airport is an hour and a half drive away. Dulles International Airport is about two hours from campus.
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 Virginia Facts
Student Population: 14,297 undergraduate and 6,598 graduate and professional students make up the UVA student body.
Rankings: U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked UVA one of the nation's best public universities; jockeying for top positioning with UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and others.
Athletics: UVA is a Division I university; an Atlantic Coast Conference member since the 1950's. With 21 national championships in sports like lacrosse, soccer, rowing, and track and field, UVA is known as a great school for sports.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: UVA's most distinguished graduates include author Edgar Allan Poe, painter Georgia O'Keefe, computer scientist John Backus, and many others.
Testimonials from University of Virginia
What Parents Are Saying
"This camp lit up the imagination of my son. He could not wait to get to camp every morning. Thank you for a wonderful week. I also want to commend the camp staff for dealing with so many boys all at once. Other camps we have been to have been overwhelmed by 'boy' behavior. You all did a fantastic job." -Kristin B., Parent, UVA
"We felt like our son learned a lot in this class and had a great overnight camp experience. Thank you for providing this opportunity to allow kids to pursue their passion in computer programming!" -Roger M., Parent, UVA
"Our son had done almost no programming prior to the camp, and he had a great experience. He was never bored and the week seemed to go by very quickly for him." -Andrew M., Parent, UVA
"The staff was great and knowledgeable. My children enjoyed the camp so much they didn't want it to end! We will be back for certain! Thank you for a great week!" -Katia L., Parent, UVA
"Both of my sons had a wonderful experience. Each day that I picked them up they said, 'Today was the best day so far!' They enjoyed the camp even more as the week went on. For two boys with very little computer experience, I was impressed with the projects that they created." -Yvonne C., Parent, UVA
What Campers Are Saying
"My instructor was really fun and made learning Java™ seem easy and fun!!" -Katherine T., Student, UVA
"I had a great time! My group was nice and everybody worked hard. We have some amazing projects!" -Kelsey M., Student, UVA
"I love all of the instructors! They were all very nice and made computer programming fun!" -Tommy E., Student, UVA
"Well, this is my first overnight camp and I loved it! We didn't just do programming, we did a whole lot more! The staff were excellent! Would love to do this next year!" -Aaron S., Student, UVA
"BEST CAMP EVER. Super fun. Nice instructors. Learned so much about computers." -Hayden S., Student, UVA
iD in the News
University of Virginia
July 17, 2013
UVA Camp Hones Technological Skills By Matt Talhelm A high-tech summer camp at the University of Virginia is preparing kids and teens for computer careers. Thirty-nine students are spending the week in the computer labs on grounds as part of the iD Tech Camps program. They're designing video games and writing computer program codes. Camp [...]Read More
July 12, 2013
By Susan Robertson July 12, 2013 WILLIAMSBURG — Metal plates, wheels, gears and various other pieces strewn across desks and the floor of a room at the College of William & Mary aren't just parts. In the right hands, they become a robot. Unlike countless other campers this summer, those at iD Tech camps aren't [...]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
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