Arizona Summer Camp Locations Summer Camps: Arizona State University Computer Camps
Arizona State University Computer Camps
Computer Camps Held at Arizona State University
iD Tech Camps, Ages 7-17
WEEKLONG | CO-ED | DAY CAMPS | OVERNIGHT CAMPS
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, APPS, WEB DESIGN & MORE
Ignite your internalDrive and do something BIG this summer! iD Tech Camps is a family company – and our company is a unique place. Some call it magical. We’re the World’s #1 Tech Camp – consistently ranked a Top Workplace. One of our big secrets? Ridiculously small ratios. Small ratios mean personalized instruction – just 8 students per instructor or fewer, guaranteed. It’s that simple! Our adult-only staff are tech-savvy undergraduates, graduate students and professionals, passionate about teaching game design, film, computer science and more.
We offer a variety of cutting-edge summer camp courses for beginner through advanced learners. Kids and teens learn one course topic per week, specializing in video game design, iPhone® app development, programming, video editing and more – using the best brand name products from Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, Microsoft® and beyond. Come explore the college campus and gain skills that will last long after summer camp ends. Continue to Step 2 for Course Availability, Tuition & Dates.
This is our 8th season hosting summer camps at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. 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 Arizona State University summer day camps and overnight camps are located near Phoenix.
About Arizona State University Computer Camps
NOTE: Looking for our exact location on campus? You must first be enrolled; you can then access that information through My Account. Not yet enrolled? Go to Step 2 to enroll. The maps included here are for general information only.
Many students use their summer camp experience with iD Tech Camps to explore colleges that they’re interested in attending in the future. Learn on campus, eat in the dining halls and ages 10+ can even stay overnight (at most campuses).
iD Tech Camps has chosen the ASU campus to host our summer kids’ computer camps, academic camps and teen camps in the Tempe area because it is recognized nationally as a foremost research institution offering excellent undergraduate and graduate education. It produces more graduates than any other school in the state. ASU at the Tempe campus is also only minutes from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, making it the perfect AZ summer camp location.
Arizona State University
Founded in 1885 and located across the Phoenix metropolitan area, ASU’s campuses feature state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge architecture, including buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Visiting guests immediately notice the numerous theaters, galleries and various cultural centers that rival any in the nation. ASU has also joined forces with the city of Tempe to offer free wireless internet access for the community.
Arizona State University Facts
Nickname: Sun Devils
Schools at Arizona State University: As one of the largest universities in the nation, ASU allows undergraduate students to take courses in over 250 academic majors. ASU also gives ample opportunity to graduate students, offering more than 100 graduate programs leading to master’s and doctoral degrees.
Student Population: About 70,000 with over 50,000 undergraduates and 14,000 graduate students. This is an enormous student population!
Tempe Campus: About eight miles east of downtown Phoenix lies ASU’s original, main campus in the heart of Tempe, Arizona. The very first building constructed, Old Main, still stands today and is the focal point of the University. Other notable campus landmarks include Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and Palm Walk, which is lined by 111 palm trees. Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe can be found against the northwest edge of campus and is always bustling with students and visitors. It provides a true college atmosphere with its sidewalks lined with restaurants, bars and popular retailers.
Rankings: ASU has continued to make great strides in improving and updating its academics and facilities, leading to its ranking as one of the top five “Up and Coming” universities in the nation. In addition, ASU was named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Best College Buys.”
Athletics: ASU takes part in the NCAA’s division I and their Sun Devils compete in the Pac-10 Conference in 20 varsity sports with other schools like USC and UCLA. ASU’s football team (now lead by ex-NFL coach Dennis Erickson) won the prestigious Rose Bowl in 1987 and they have been participants in the Fiesta Bowl five times.
All meals are included with our overnight and extended day 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.
See maps and driving directions in My Account for detailed directions on how to get to our exact location on campus. Want to Carpool? Go green and save some green when you carpool to camp! Sign up for our Carpool app in My Account to see the other families in your area that are interested in carpooling.
8:1 Staff Ratio Guarantee
iD Guarantee - Small Class Sizes
We guarantee ridiculously small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Why? Because our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization - your path, at your pace. iD's passionate, adult-only instructors guide students through customized curriculum with 1-on-1 teaching. The immersive environment (typically 5, 6, 7 or 8 students - but never more than 8 per instructor) is ideal for fostering creativity. Read more about the 8:1 iD Guarantee.
iD Tech Camps recruits energetic, adult-only instructors to teach our technology courses and supervise our students. Our summer staff is passionate about technology. We do not cut corners by employing Counselors-in-Training. We recruit from top colleges and universities to find staff with great credentials in game development, filmmaking, web design, programming, photography, etc.
Most courses are beginner through advanced. Our innovative curriculum is premised on a blended learning strategy. Students receive blended (or hybrid) instruction through use of the brand new iD Game Plan engine along with live 1-on-1 instruction from our team of educators. Our approach allows students to move along at an appropriate, customized pace.
We encourage a hands-on, experiential approach to technology; students learn by doing. Each student is provided with a computer and works with the same products that professionals use in their fields. Students complete a project showing off their new technology skills. By focusing on practical skill development of STEM topics (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) iD prepares students to take their new tech knowledge back into the real world.
Staff at this Location
Meet some of the amazing instructors that have taught at Arizona State University over the years.
- “Cannoli”: Cannoli is excited to motivate and enlighten his campers. He graduated with a B.A. in Game Design in 2009 and went on to work for one of the largest video game publishers in the world (THQ). When he’s not disarming you with his charming smile, he enjoys DJ’ing and producing music, kickboxing, dancing and the occasional late night gaming session. Goal for camp: Inspiring campers to make the most of their knowledge.
- “Lucky”: Lucky is a junior at the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ majoring in Robotics and Embedded Systems. He is from St. Louis, Missouri where he enjoys playing electric guitar and saxophone. While he is at school he is hard at work honing his technology skills. Goal for camp: Helping campers expand their creative minds!
- “Tigger”: Tigger is extremely energetic and loves working with kids. She recently graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana with a Visual Communications degree. In her spare time, she enjoys jumping, smiling and making sure everyone is included. She freelances in graphic design and plays sports when the weather is favorable. Goal for Camp: Spreading her infectious, enthusiastic personality through teaching.
- “Linus”: Linus is a returning instructor with iD Tech Camps. Originally from New Jersey, this guy is not afraid of the summer heat of Arizona. In his spare time, he creates video games and aspires to work for Valve. Goal for Camp: Ensuring the campers turn out great projects!
Safety & Peace of Mind
Adult staff and instructors supervise all activities. iD has a policy of never using Counselors-in-Training (CITs).
American Camp Association® Accreditation
iD Tech Camps is accredited by the ACA at multiple locations, meaning we have met over 300 health and safety requirements. All camps follow ACA guidelines.
We conduct criminal background checks, sexual offender background checks, multiple reference checks and identification checks on all summer staff.
CPR & First Aid
All camps have Directors and Staff that are CPR and First Aid Certified.
A typical day varies depending on session and location, but it might look something like this:
SUNDAY MONDAY - THURSDAY FRIDAY
Extended Day Campers – Check In
Overnight & Extended Day Campers - Breakfast
Day Campers - Drop Off & Arrival Activities
Welcome & Opening Activity
Finesse Projects to Gold Version
Instruction – Jump on the computers!
Lunch – Overnight and Extended Day Campers eat in the campus dining hall. Day Campers can choose to bring a bag lunch or purchase the meal plan.
Instruction – Back to the labs, woo hoo!
Techtivities – Ultimate Frisbee? Apples to Apples anyone? Gaming tournaments? We’ve got it all!
Instruction – Back to the labs!
All campers - Check Out
Day Campers - Pick Up & Closing Activities
Overnight & Extended Day Campers – Open Lab/Free Time
Ultimate Gaming Weekends – Option available at select locations.
Overnight Campers - Check In
Evening Activity - Movie Nights, Local Outings, Gaming Tournaments & more!
Extended Day Campers – Pick Up
Evening Activity – cont’d.
PreTeen Lights Out
Good Night Teens
Off-Computer Camp Activities
Students spend approximately 5 hours on the computer each day. iD Tech Camps is careful to balance technology and fun - giving students Tech-Reation time. When they're not on the computer, students participate in fun summer activities like organized sports, gaming tournaments, and more.
Every Friday afternoon, we invite parents and friends to come and experience iD Tech Camps. See the labs where students learn, explore campus, meet our staff, applaud students' course projects and attend the personalized diploma ceremony. *At Stanford, Pre-Teen Family Showcase: 2:30 - 3:30 PM, Teen Family Showcase: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Hours/ Camp Options
Day Camp - Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, with drop off between 8 - 9:00 am and pick up between 5 - 6:00 pm (3 - 5:00 pm on Fridays, varies by site).
Extended Day - Extended Day Camp runs Monday through Friday, with check-in between 7:30 am and pick up at 7:00 pm (3 - 5:00 pm on Fridays, varies by site).
Overnight Options - Overnight camps are available at most locations for students ages 10 and up. Overnight camp runs Sunday through Friday, with check-in between 5 - 6:00 pm on Sunday and pick-up at 3 - 5:00 pm on Friday (varies by site).
Ultimate Gaming Weekends - Stay the weekend and game with us. UGW is fully-supervised and includes housing, meals and supervision. It is available at the end of an Overnight Camp week or as a bridge between two consecutive weeks of Overnight Camp. Not available at all locations.
Attention Arizona Teens!
Our summer camps in Arizona at Arizona State University just got even cooler for our teen students. We have specialized teen activities including free time to hang out, movie nights, extra project time, and as always, plenty of gaming. Check out our other cool teen-only programs like the iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy, iD Visual Arts Academy and Ultimate Gaming Weekends (offered at select locations).
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Testimonials From Arizona State University
What Parents Are Saying
“My son had a great time and said he wants to do it again next year! It was a great way to spend a week of free time during the summer, and thanks to the staff for doing all they can to make this a positive experience. Kimberly H., parent, Arizona State University
“My son was excited and couldn’t wait for the camp to begin; I have never had him dress and eat breakfast as quickly as he did for his week of camp. Thanks to all the staff for their dedication and hard work. We will see you next year. Joyce S., parent, Arizona State University
“After 4 years of iD Tech Camps, my son is still always excited about camp and what the new year will offer. He loves the instructors and enjoys being on the university campus! Lisa L., parent, Arizona State University
“We have attended other tech camps and I was very impressed with the personalization of the graduation ceremonies. The thoughtfulness of the instructor comments were a nice, encouraging touch for the kids and families. Natalie O., parent, Arizona State University
“My son had a blast during his week at camp. Thank you for giving him an opportunity to learn and socialize with others who share his interests. Kari N., parent, Arizona State University
What Campers Are Saying
“This was a great camp! I learned a lot and made lasting memories. The instructors were amazing and the overall atmosphere of the camp was fun and exciting. I hope to come again next year! Major B., student, Arizona State University
“Awesome camp! I learned a lot and am looking forward to coming back next year! Gabe R., student, Arizona State University
“iD Tech Camps at ASU was a great experience, inspiring me to be part of the gaming community. Reece T., student, Arizona State University
“Not only was camp educational with lots of fun, but we were allowed to choose our own projects. Awesome camp! Christopher K., student, Arizona State University
“Camp is awesome. The equipment is good. The staff are funny and caring. The food is fantastic! Jonathan L., student, Arizona State University
Frequently Asked Questions
What courses are offered at this location?
Go to Step 2.
When does camp start?
See Step 2 for the dates of our weeklong university summer computer camps.
How much does camp cost?
The cost of tuition varies depending on the course, location and camp option that you choose. Basic Day Camp ranges from $779 to $999 per weeklong course. There are additional costs for program add-ons including lunch, overnight camp, and weekend stays.
How can I save on tuition?
There are many ways for you to save!
- Register early to take advantage of our seasonal promotions.
- Refer-a-Friend and you and your friend both save $50.
- Sign up for multiple weeks to save $50 off each additional week.
- Register multiple siblings and save $50 for each sibling.
Do you offer financial aid?
iD Tech Camps is proud to offer tuition assistance for families who qualify. Application deadlines are announced each year in the Spring.
What is your cancellation policy?
Balance payments, less the non-refundable deposit, are refundable up until 3 weeks prior to the start of the confirmed camp week/session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within 3 weeks of the start of confirmed camp weeks/sessions. All cancellations must be made online in My Account or submitted in writing to the internalDrive Inc. office no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.
Does my child need to have a high computer IQ?
No, our courses are for beginner to advanced students. Because of our small ratios, instructors can work with students 1-on-1 and personalize the curriculum for each student's level.
Should my child bring a personal laptop to camp?
No, students do not need to bring laptops to camp. We provide a computer for each student to use for the week. All materials necessary for the course will be provided.
Do you have any teen programs?
Yes. We have weeklong teen-only courses at iD Tech Camps, plus two-week pre-college Teen Academies. iD Tech Camps is for ages 7-17, and our courses and activities are divided between teen courses and pre-teen courses. In some cases, teens and pre-teens will study in the same lab (but will not be mixed in the same class). Students will be supervised at all times, but we attempt to strike the right balance of independence. Teens enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels. Special Teen Scene activities include computer gaming tournaments and Gamingpalooza.
iD also offers specialized iD Teen Academies in the topics of Game Design, Programming, Film and Photography at select locations across the country. These teen camps are intensive, two-week courses with tours of nearby industry hot spots and bi-weekly portfolio building workshops. See our iD Teen Academies page for more information.
How do I register? How do I contact you?
To register, find availability at the location you desire, and you'll be guided through the process. Registering online is the fastest way to get into camp. Or, you can phone us at 1-888-709-TECH (8324) or 1-408-871-2227. You can also email us at info@internalDrive.com. And, if you'd like a brochure sent to you, please click the brochure link.