3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
iD Tech Camps Course | Ages 13-17
3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
Modding with Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2 Summer Camp for Teens
Flex your level-design muscles with groundbreaking Portal® 2 and award-winning Team Fortress® 2 from Valve®. Sculpt environments, manipulate lighting, add particle effects, and create new gameplay with the celebrated Source® engine and Hammer editor. Take home your newly designed levels and a Steam® account with full access to both titles—Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2.
In this level design course, students will use Hammer to personalize gameplay, gain level design skills, sculpt environments, manipulate lighting, and create particle effects. Take home your modding project and a Steam® account with full access to Portal® 2 and Team Fortress 2™.
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ and Mature, respectively.
At iD Tech Camps, balance is very important. Our courses with Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2 are fun and engaging, and completely unlike school. We want you to develop genuine passion for STEM subjects, and keep coming back year after year. If it's not fun—and if you don't learn a lot—we know you won't return. You can expect roughly 5 hours a day of instruction, with plenty of time for supervised breaks, social time, outdoor play, optional sports, video games, and other creative techtivities. Many clients describe the total camp experience as "magical" and "unlike anything else." We work hard to make the experience unique, memorable, and valuable.
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Is This Course Appropriate for You?
These classes with Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2 have no prerequisites other than a passion for level design! The camp curriculum is customized for beginner to advanced learners ages 13-17 (Min Age: Must turn 13 by 12-31-15) and delivered in small student clusters. Teens complete projects by the end of the week and take home their own mod along with a Steam®account and access to Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2.
You'll Learn to:
- Manipulate objects in 3D space
- Implement game logic
- Use instances and prefabs
- Use map and level design principles
Top Skills Gained
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Portal® 2
- Valve® Hammer editor
- Team Fortress® 2
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Critical thinking
These game design courses are ideal for video game players who want to personalize their gameplay while gaining a deeper understanding of the gaming industry. Because the game features a 3D environment, students with no prior experience may want to consider first taking one of our Fusion-based courses. The popular titles Portal® 2 and Team Fortress® 2 provide students with a great opportunity to experiment with two types of games and are ideal introductions to design for students considering game design schools. With many video game companies actively promoting “modding” (modification of) existing video games, now is the perfect time to cultivate valuable level-design skills and explore the growing game development industry.
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Discover what sets our teaching style apart.
8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee
We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. At iD, our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization—your path, at your pace. Passionate, all-adult instructors guide you through customized curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing you to reach your learning potential. Read more about our 8:1 iD Guarantee.
How We Teach | Personalized Instruction
Our tech curriculum is based on a blended learning strategy. We couple live one-on-one instruction with iD Game Plan, our innovative learning engine, to provide you with properly paced learning. Most of our courses at iD Tech Camps are for beginner through advanced students.You’ll spend approximately 5 hours on the computer each day, balanced with a common-sense dose of outdoor fun. We take frequent breaks and play outside. Up for an organized sport? So are we! Grab a disc and arrange a game of Ultimate Frisbee. We also provide chess sets, board games, cards, and a variety of traditional summer camp activities. Our goal is to make learning fun, so that students want to keep coming back to learn more each year.
All-Adult Staff | No Counselors-in-Training
Our entire staff is comprised of adults ages 18 and over. We do not hire Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our summer technology camps. We believe you learn best from adults who have mastered their technology skills. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals. Others are graduate and undergraduate students majoring in the fields of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, App Design, Film, and other related fields. We’re extremely selective when it comes to our camp staff.
An Hour of Coding for Every Student
Careers in computer science are growing at twice the national average, meaning over 1 million STEM jobs may go unfilled by 2020 due to a shortage of qualified programmers. To prepare students for the future, we have incorporated an hour of coding into all iD Tech Camps courses, inspired by the Code.org Hour of Code™. Whether you enroll in web design, video game development, filmmaking, photography, robotics, 3D modeling & animation, or app development courses, you’ll be exposed to coding at over 100 prestigious campus locations nationwide. When the official weeklong Code.org Hour of Code event launched last December, nearly 20 million students discovered programming in schools, workplaces, and communities nationwide, as well as online. Our new initiative will impact tens of thousands of students ages 7-17 this summer, sparking the interest of participants who may otherwise not try coding.
Hours & Tuition
Check-In: 8-9am Mon-Fri
Pick-Up: 5-6pm Mon-Thurs, Fri 3-4pm (varies by site)
Tuition: From $799-1,079/week USD. All taxes included.
Commuter Lunch Plan: Lunch can be purchased for an additional $60/week
Check-In: Sunday 6pm
Pick-Up: Friday 3-4pm (times may vary)
All Inclusive: Add $549-$649/week USD. All taxes included.
Meals: All meals included
Your Tuition Includes:
- 8:1 student-to-instructor ratio guarantee
- Diploma with instructor insights
- Final project portfolio with USB drive
- Custom iD T-shirt and H2O bottle
- Access to online curriculum after camp
- Gaming tournaments
- Outdoor activities
- Campus tours (most locations)
- Software specials (most courses)
- New skills and self-confidence
Add $229 per year (annual subscription)
Tech Rocket is the #1 online learning destinationfor kids and teens. Aspiring app programmer?Indie game developer? Graphic artist? You got this! Level up your tech skills and build community with thousands of other students. With gaming tournaments, safe, collaborative forums, a massive Minecraft server, and an aracde, Tech Rocket makes learning fun all year long. It’s the perfect complement to our summer programs!
Ultimate Gaming Weekends
Add $379 per weekend
Ultimate Gaming Weeknds (UGWs) are offered at select iD Tech Camps locations for ages 10+, and are intended to bridge the gap for students attending 2 consecutive weeklong camp sessions. You may also stay the weekend after your session. UGWs can be selected as an add-on during registration. Students who stay the weekend can expect campus excursions, gaming tournaments, and a variety of fun indoor and outdoor summer activities.
Continuing Education Units
Add $99 per week
Gain a competitive advantage for college! Teens ages 13-17 attending iD Tech Camps have the option to purchase accredited Continuing Education Units (CEUs), issued by Villanova University. CEUs are nationally recognized units of measurement for participation in non-credit continuing education programs. CEUs are not transferrable as college credit.
7:30am: Overnight Campers, rise and shine! Eat breakfast in the campus dining hall—breakfast is typically all-you-can-eat, and consists of favorites such as sausages, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, and fruit.
8am-9am: Check-in. All Campers meet for morning announcements, ice breakers, and team-building activities.9:30am: Split into course groups and let the tech fun begin! Breaks are taken at the discretion of each instructor. Younger students will take more frequent breaks.
12pm: Lunch time—head to the dining hall if you’re on the iD Meal Plan. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the crew, or laze under a shady tree outside with an iD instructor.
1pm: Back to the labs!
2:30pm: A game of Ultimate Frisbee, anyone? Capture the flag? Gaming tournaments? Board games? Optional sports? We offer many summer camp activities that vary by week and location. Beyond STEM skill development, students will socialize, make friends, and have fun.
3:30pm: Return to the labs. Let’s create!
5pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5pm-6pm: Pick-up time for Day Campers.
6pm: Dinner for Overnight Campers.
7pm: Overnight Camp students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, gaming tournaments, and movie nights. In some cases, students can continue working on their projects, as scheduling permits.
10pm: Lights out for Overnight Campers.
3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2 Camp Reviews
What Parents Are Saying
"2nd summer - so impressive and most of all our son was happy and excited to come to camp everyday!" -Julie D., Parent, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"3rd year of having a child in iD Tech. This has been and remains a very positive experience. Thanks for putting together such a thorough experience." -Robert H., Parent, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"Both of my boys were extremely engaged all week. They learned a lot, had a great time, loved the instructors and interacted easily with the other kids here. We will be back for overnight in two weeks!" -Kris K., Parent, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"I was very impressed with the organization of the camp. Everything was very smooth and professional. I was also impressed with the staff's enthusiasm and love for their work." -Athena T., Parent, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"The camp counselors always made me feel that my son was safe, learning, and having a great time. Thank you for a great week!" -Aileen S., Parent, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
What Campers Are Saying
"The staff is fun, the work is rewarding and feels like your'e one of the gaming design pros." -Andrew V., Student, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"ID Tech Camp is the best camp for any kind of gamer to go to! The staff are very constructive and simply amazing people to work with. I learned all about animations and level designs that have never learned in my experience with level designing. If you are looking for a job or career field related to game design or character animation or any technology field you want to get training for, ID Tech Camp is the place to go." -Eric T., Student, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"iD Tech is amazing I have been going here for the past 3-4 years. Each year has been awesome and I learn new things every time I come! Also, I want to thank my instructor: Atlas, who really helped me understand how to use the software "Hammer". I'm going to keep making maps from this experience." -Hunter J., Student, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"Instructor Atlas is amazing. He knows everything and is eager to help. While I have been here, I have been lucky enough to know and be tutored by Atlas, Ironhide, and Mr. Turtle." -Eric S., Student, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
"This is a great program! The staff is fun and know what they are doing. I love this camp and I plan on coming next year!" -Annika B., Student, 3D Level Design with Portal® 2 & Team Fortress® 2
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is iD Tech Camps the World’s #1 Tech Camp?
-Guaranteed staff ratios of 8 students per instructor-Qualified, tech-savvy staff customize the curriculum-Innovative curriculum powered by iD Game Plan-The latest tech products from Autodesk®, Adobe®, Google, Apple®, Microsoft®, etc.-The university experience-Age-appropriate kids camps plus more intensive teen-only programs
- Where and when is this course offered?
This course is offered at top universities across the United States. View Locations & Dates.
- How much do your camps cost?
Please visit our Tuition page.
- Can you tell me more about your flex hours?
We know you’re busy. Commuting students participating in our day camps can check-in between 8am-9am daily, and check-out between 5pm-6m. There is no extra cost for flex hours—it’s built into tuition.
- What if I get sick, have summer school, or need to make changes?
You can register now and make as many changes as you like (locations, dates, courses, etc.) up until 3 weeks to the start of your session—with no change fees. Once inside the 3-week window, there is a $35 change fee.You can transfer your registration to a family member or friend. Should you need to cancel because of summer school, family vacation, etc., there is a $250 non-refundable deposit per week. Cancellations made within 3 weeks of the start of camp will be charged the full value of the tuition and are not refundable.
- How do I find out if the course I want is still open for enrollment?
For info, check Locations & Dates.
- How do I register?
Registering online is the fastest way to get into camp. Visit Tech Camps for Kids or All Teen Programs.Or, call us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227 to register by phone. You can also email us at info@iDTech.com.
- I loved this course! Can I take it again?
Yes, you can take a course multiple times. You can choose to repeat the same course, building on your skills. Our curriculum is very deep, and has enough challenging content for a full summer. Another popular option is to enroll in a different course each week, thereby gaining a comprehensive introduction to a certain tech genre. It is beneficial to develop well-rounded skills in video game design, programming, photography & filmmaking, web design and more.
- What do campers eat?
All meals are included with our overnight programs. Day campers have the option of purchasing the lunch plan or bringing a sack lunch. The lunch plan is recommended, but not mandatory. If the lunch plan is purchased, lunch is provided Monday – Friday. Many university dining facilities do not permit outside food to be brought into the dining hall; students bringing bag lunches may eat outside of the dining hall with their classmates and instructors.
- Do I need to bring my own computer?
No, you do not need to a bring personal computer to camp. Each student is provided with a computer at camp; you’ll never have to share a computer. We supply all the hardware, software and course materials.
- What if my student already has experience?
With our continually evolving curriculum, experienced students and iD alumni will be able to move along faster and more independently, or collaborate utilizing our customized lessons. You’ll still receive our gold standard one-on-one instruction (maximum of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed).
- Do you have any other teen programs?
Yes. Jump to All Teen Programs.
- Do you use Macs or PCs at iD Tech Camps?
We use both platforms at our summer computer camps. We attempt to mirror the industry standard in each of our summer camp courses. We find that it is an important skill to be proficient on BOTH platforms.
- What “off-computer” activities are there?
Balance is the key to every week at iD. While we are in the labs for roughly 5 hours daily, we take time out for outdoor activities. Choose from organized outdoor games, movie nights, talent shows, additional gaming competitions, and campus tours. Activities are divided by age and interest whenever possible, and may vary by location.
- Where do your instructors come from?
Our staff is family. Each member of our team comes to us with a blend of spirit, energy, enthusiasm, knowledge of technology, and experience with kids and teens. Our goal is to ensure that every location is comprised of skillful, returning camp counselors along with new instructors who bring a fresh perspective to camp.Many of our instructors are graduate and undergraduate students in Education, Engineering, Computer Science, Film, Programming, and other related fields. Often, these instructors come from the same recognized universities where we host our summer programs including Stanford, MIT and Columbia University. Staff members undergo in-person training as well as extensive background checks each summer. We have a great crew that comes back year after year to create a unique and high-energy environment.
- Why don’t you use Counselors-in-Training?
Distinguishing ourselves from most summer camps, we’ve respectfully created a “No CIT” policy. This guarantees that each student is instructed and supervised by paid adult staff members, ages 18 and older—not by teenagers of camp age.
- Do you provide transportation for students? What about carpooling?
We do not arrange transportation for our students. All transportation to and from camp is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. There are child transportation services that past campers have utilized, which can be found through a web search. We are not affiliated with any such company and thus cannot be held accountable for clients’ use of outside transportation services.
- How do I contact you?