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    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.

Enrollment for our 2016 summer camp season begins on November 1, 2015. Download our 2015 brochure to join our mailing list and receive a reminder once registration is live.

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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!

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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!

Campus Info: Held at American University
Washington, DC 20016

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

Founded: 1893

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

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Engaging Girls in STEM—iD Tech & TechGirls

April 9, 2015

The girls in technology movement is on fire in the Silicon Valley. From unknown startups to tech giants like Google and Facebook, this tight-knit community is finally acknowledging the gender discrepancies in STEM education and participation, and making changes now to repair the problem for the future. iD Tech remains at the forefront of the [...]

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Screen Time = Learning Opp – Washington Post Features iD Tech!

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 [...]

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NBC Ch 29 visits iD Tech Camps held at the 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 [...]

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Robotics camp builds kids' confidence, tech savvy - Article as Written by the Virginia Gazette

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 [...]

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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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