American University Summer Tech Camps
American summer camps for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at American 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 co-ed summer technology programs for kids and teens held at over 100 prestigious campuses nationwide. At American University, 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 American University
This is our 13th season hosting summer camps in the D.C. area and our 7th season at American University. Our popular American University summer day camps and overnight camps are among a handful of elite summer camps in Washington, D.C. 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).
American University is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Located at the top of Embassy Row, American University's 84-acre, tree-lined campus is located in one of the most attractive and safe residential areas of Washington, D.C.
Our computer camps at American University give students the opportunity to take in iD's challenging program while enjoying a culturally rich, collegiate atmosphere. These popular Washington, D.C. summer day camps and overnight camps are a great option for kids and teens. Come check us out!
Please note: Map and campus details are for general information only. Once you enroll, you will have access to our specific location on campus.
American University Facts
Nickname: The Eagle
Schools at American University: College of Arts and Sciences, Kogod School of Business, School of Communication, School of International Service, School of Public Affairs, Washington College of Law.
Student Population: Over 6,000 undergraduates and over 3,900 postgraduates comprise the student body. American University enrolls about 1,500 freshmen each year, with an average GPA of 3.8 and SAT of 1266. The average class size is 23 and the student-faculty ratio is 14:1.
Rankings: Recently, American University was named the most politically active school in the nation in The Princeton Review's annual survey of college students. The Fiske Guide to Colleges ranked AU as a "Best Buy" college for the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.
Athletics: A member of the Patriot League, AU is home to a wide variety of athletics, including men's and women's basketball, soccer, cross-country, swimming & diving, track, women's volleyball, field hockey, lacrosse and men's wrestling - not to mention several club sports.
Points of Interest: The Smithsonian, the National Monuments and Memorials, the Three Houses of Government, Georgetown, concerts at Wolftrap Farm Park, Mount Vernon, Old Town, Alexandria, the Air & Space Museum.
Testimonials from American University
What Parents Are Saying
"Attending iD Tech Camps for the past two years has allowed my normally introverted daughter to express herself positively among campers with interests similar to hers." -Theresa M., Parent, American University
"My son has been gaming since he was 4 years old and this camp was perfect for him. He was able to finally build a game that matched his abilities and solidified his dream of designing games as his preferred career choice for his future. Thanks for such a great experience!" -Jennifer S., Parent, American University
"My son is now excited more than ever about computers and the infinite possibilities that they afford. iD Tech Camps have taught him to use his imagination when using computers and not to rely on what already exists. This has been an overall wonderful and exciting experience for him and is one that he will never forget." -Lisa H., Parent, American University
"My son was enrolled in a basic course and we were called after the first day and told that he was progressing quickly and the instructors had taken the time to 1) notice, and 2) get him moved quickly into a more advanced class. This type of attention and action is what every parent dreams of. Whether a child needs extra support, or an extra boost - the extra is what will bring us back next summer. The instructors went out of their way to take care of my son and he in turn was up every morning at 6AM clamoring to get to camp. Thank you." -Kate C., Parent, American University
"I'm proud of my daughter, especially in light of her never having programmed before. I see loads of growth just in one week and now really believe she has a future in programming." -Laryssa K., Parent, American University
What Campers Are Saying
"The instructors are friendly, knowledgeable and eager to help. The programs were fun and informative. Definitely my favorite summer program." -Samuel R., Student, American University
"I made a lot of new friends during my week at iD Tech Camps, and the things I learned will definitely be useful in future programming careers. I will be back next year to learn something new." -Lawrence P., Student, American University
"My experience at iD Tech Camps was completely and utterly amazing. I learned so many skills and values that go beyond this classroom." -Michael G., Student, American University
"This is a fantastic organization... the instructors are all very nice and helpful - they make the camp fun! All the computers used were of excellent quality and perfect for this course." -Alex A., Student, American University
"This is an AWESOME camp and my game design course was AMAZING! I got to CREATE my very own game and was able to bring it home! I loved this camp and I will come back again and again." -Matthew D., Student, American University
iD in the News
July 18, 2014
“Kids approach a problem and think of different ways to solve it.” Wise words from a former iD camper/current instructor—and a great quote featured in a recent Washington Post article! The major publication visited our camps in Washington DC, not only to catch up with students and staff, but to talk a bit about the [...]Read More
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