University of Wisconsin–Madison Summer Tech Camps
UW-Madison programs for kids & teens
Computer Camps Held at the U of Wisconsin-Madison
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 Wisconsin in Madison, WI, 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 Wisconsin
This is our 5th season hosting Madison, WI summer camps at our University of Wisconsin-Madison 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). These popular summer day camps and overnight camps in Wisconsin allow students to explore tech interests in a fun, yet challenging setting.
We have chosen the University of Wisconsin to host our academic summer camps because of its high quality reputation as a "Public Ivy." As the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin system, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is an extremely large academic institution, made up of over 42,000 students. The campus in Madison is located about a mile from the Wisconsin state capital and is built over 933 acres of land - making it the perfect summer camp location.
One of the largest universities in the United States, UW-Madison is regarded as a "Public Ivy" thanks to its reputation of academic excellence. Over 42,000 students call themselves Wisconsin Badgers and attend courses in buildings and facilities spread over 933 acres of land.
Our University of Wisconsin summer program is a short 20-minute drive from Dane County Regional Airport. Come check out our Wisconsin summer camps!
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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 Wisconsin Facts
Nickname: The Badgers
Campus: Just outside of the state's capital, the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus spreads over 933 acres. On campus, students can find a police force, hospital, food services, recreation facilities, and even an on-campus dairy.
Student Population: Over 42,000 students attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, nearly 29,000 of which are undergraduates.
Rankings: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is consistently recognized and one of the top schools in the nation. In 2009, the US News & World Report ranked UW-Madison 35th among undergraduate programs of national universities. The school has been labeled a "Public Ivy," a name given to publicly-founded universities that provide studies and opportunities that compare to those of Ivy League schools.
Athletics: The University of Wisconsin-Madison's major sport teams participate at the highest level as members of the NCAA's Division 1-A. Most Badger teams compete in the Big Ten Conference with other powerhouses like the University of Michigan and Ohio State University.
Distinguished Alumni and Personnel: Notable UW-Madison alumni include Carol Bartz, CEO of Yahoo!; and Charles Lindbergh, aviator. Frank Lloyd Wright also attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Testimonials from University of Wisconsin
What Parents Are Saying
"The instructors were charismatic and fun. My son felt so comfortable and part of the crowd, which is not always the case. Loved this camp." -Jori C., Parent, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"My son was very enthusiastic about attending camp every day of the week and made some new friends along the way. He is looking to attend again next year." -Christopher V., Parent, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"My son came home every day energized and excited about what he was working on. He had positive things to say about his instructors and really learned a lot! Thanks so much!" -Jennie E., Parent, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"This experience lit a fire in my son and has him already planning the creation of a sequel to his game. He loved his camp experience, and I loved seeing him so excited by what he learned. Thanks to all the staff for making this such a positive experience." -Trish C., Parent, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"All of the instructors were enthusiastic and helped my son see where he could go in the future. I am so glad he was able to have this experience. It will be easier to motivate him to think about the future and what he wants to do." -Rachel C., Parent, University of Wisconsin - Madison
What Campers Are Saying
"iD Tech Camps was so fun! I had a great time making video games... It was a lot of hard work, but I definitely caught on fast. I had a great time!" -Michael H., Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"I had a great time learning about how to use professional-grade software to make something amazing (despite the difficulty)." -Mitchell P., Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"The entire area was clean and convenient. The instructors were well informed and helpful. Overall it was an enjoyable and informative experience." -Christopher S., Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"I had the best time of my life. I normally don't see many people who are even interested in programming. This has been an amazing experience for me and I will be attending every year from now on!" -JT S., Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
"I fully enjoyed iD Tech Camps and its instructors. It was a great experience that helped me shape my future goals." -Austin R., Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison
iD in the News
University of Wisconsin
July 1, 2013
July 1, 2013 M.A. Rosko checks out a summer camp that exercises the brain. Along the way, she encounters plenty of impressive preteens. Macalester is hosting an ID Tech Camp this summer -- it's a Monday through Friday program that allows kids to design their own video games and whatever else they can dream up, [...]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
April 26, 2013
By Sue Hoffman While some children and teens prefer to while away their summer days with play and sun, others can’t wait to challenge themselves, creating video games, performing experiments in science laboratories, building robots with interconnecting blocks, exploring marine life or inventing new contraptions from old parts. Those seeking activities in science, technology, engineering [...]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