Colorado Summer Camp Locations Summer Camps: University of Denver Computer Camps
University of Denver Computer Camps
Computer Camps Held at the University of Denver
iD Tech Camps (Ages 7-17) and iD Gaming Academy (Ages 13-18)
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! Our adult-only staff are tech-savvy undergraduates, graduate students and professionals, passionate about teaching game design, film, computer science and more.
At the University of Denver, we offer two distinct programs: iD Tech Camps and iD Gaming Academy.
iD Tech Camps, Ages 7-17
WEEKLONG | CO-ED | DAY CAMPS | OVERNIGHT CAMPS | WEEKEND STAYS
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, APPS, WEB DESIGN & MORE
This is our 13th season hosting summer camps at our University of Denver 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). Our popular University of Denver summer day camps and overnight camps are located in beautiful Denver, CO.
We cover cool topics from video game design to iPhone® app development, programming, video editing, web design, robotics and more. Most courses are for beginner to advanced learners. Learn the best brand name products from Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Google, Microsoft® and more. Ultimate Gaming Weekends serve as a bridge for overnight students attending multiple weeks.
Additionally at the University of Denver
iD Gaming Academy, Ages 13-18
TWO-WEEKS | CO-ED | OVERNIGHT ONLY | TEEN-ONLY | INTENSIVE PRE-COLLEGE EXPERIENCE IN VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT
The iD Gaming Academy offers a 2–week intensive program in the dynamic worlds of game development, game programming, level design and 3D modeling. Academy courses are geared for beginner to advanced teens ages 13-18. Use industry-standard applications like Autodesk® Maya®, Adobe® Photoshop®, XNA® for the Xbox 360®, Unreal® Development Kit (UDK), and the Unity game development tool as part of our video game camp for teens. Ready to learn from top faculty, creating your own game development portfolio? You'll also tour a major game development studio.
About the University of Denver
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).
We have chosen the University of Denver to host our summer kids’ computer camps, academic camps and teen camps in Colorado because of the university’s reputation as a highly academic institution. Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest independent university in the Rocky Mountains. Campus is located in a dynamic, cosmopolitan city close to pristine mountain wilderness, and the university is distinguished by its creative combination of liberal arts, professional programs, selectively focused graduate studies and associated schools and centers.
The University of Denver is located just 8 miles south of downtown Denver, 15 miles to the mountains and only 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, making it the perfect day camp and overnight camp location. Come check out our Colorado summer camps!
University of Denver
The University of Denver’s campus has a mixture of historic and modern buildings. With fountains and a meandering stream, the University of Denver Harper Humanities Gardens offer a lush oasis in the heart of this 124-acre, tree-shaded campus. DU is often ranked in the top 50 private national universities by U.S. News & World Report.
University of Denver Facts
Schools & Colleges at DU: The University of Denver offers a variety of academic areas of study for both undergraduates and graduates through the Daniels College of Business, Sturm College of Law, Morgridge College of Education, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Graduate School of Social Work, Lamont School of Music, School of Engineering and Computer Science, The Women’s College, and University College.
Student Population: As of 2008, the University of Denver had 10,953 students; 4,913 of which were undergraduates. The University sees a good mix of both in-state and out-of-state students, with 60 percent of the student body coming from outside the state of Colorado. In 2008, the average accepted high school student had high marks, with a 3.7 GPA and a combined SAT score of 1220.
Rankings: Among all “National Universities”, both public and private, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Denver 84th (48th among private universities), making it the perfect Denver summer camp location. Aside from academics, DU was recently ranked in the top-25 fittest colleges in the nation by Men’s Fitness magazine. This is no accident as the University actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for its students. DU is also located near an abundance of the city’s best recreational and outdoor activities.
Athletics: DU’s Pioneers have been competing in intercollegiate sports since 1867. The University participates in NCAA’s Division I and has become a winter sports powerhouse, with its flagship sport being ice hockey. For years, fans have packed the 6,000 seat Magness Arena on campus and have witnessed 7 NCAA titles including back to back championships in 2004 and 2005. Another winter sport, skiing, is very strong at DU and has grabbed 20 NCAA titles (more than any other school).
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: There are several DU graduates who have gone on to do great things in the areas of politics, business and entertainment. They include: former U.S. Secretary of State under President G.W. Bush Condoleezza Rice; chairman and CEO of Molson Coors Brewing Company Peter Coors; former Chairman of J. Crew Emily Cinader Scott; CEO of Best Buy Brad Anderson; president and CEO of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company Ted J. Kleisner; chairman and CEO of Visa Inc. Joseph Saunders; President of Toyota USA Jim Lentz; the comedian known as Sinbad David Adkins.
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 the University of Denver over the years.
- Peter: Peter is a student at Ohio Wesleyan University double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Physics. He has a passion for technology and develops Apps for a company he started in 2010, Revelimation. He is originally from Los Angeles, well-known for entrepreneurship, and loves teaching iPhone and iPad programming.
- Steven: Steven is a Film, Theater, and Television major at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has multiple years of experience as a camp counselor, and is a returning instructor for iD Tech Camps. He recently started a production company with a few colleagues and currently produces and edits videos for numerous clients including Comedy Works, High Noon Entertainment, and the Glyn Eyrie Castle.
- Jacob: Jacob is a sophomore at the University of Denver where he double majors in Computer Science and Music. He loves gaming and programming, and plays piano as a side hobby. In addition to being passionate about technology, Jacob has experience working with a wide variety of kids, from teaching them 1-on-1 in piano lessons to serving as head counselor for Outdoor Education Laboratory Schools.
- Elyse: A graduate of the University of Denver, Elyse is a freelance designer who dabbles in graphic design, video production, mobile app development and web development. She is an avid board game player and also enjoys the occasional video game. In addition to a love of technology, Elyse has a passion for international affairs, music and sports, and plays soccer in her free time. She has many years of experience both as an iD Tech Camps instructor and as an teacher at other tech camps.
- Fletcher: Fletcher has spent over 5 years working with iD Tech Camps. He has a B.A. in Game Art and Design and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. He also runs a small computer repair business just north of Knoxville, TN. He loves teaching in Denver and sharing his knowledge and experiences from campuses on the East Coast.
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 Colorado Teens!
Our summer camps in Colorado at University of Denver 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 the University of Denver
What Parents Are Saying
“Your instructors are very impressive. The camp is my son’s favorite…he always comes home with a smile and a lot of knowledge of the subject being taught. Keep up the good work. Yvonne H., parent, University of Denver
“Great opportunity, and different from the typical camp experience. Michelle W., parent, University of Denver
“My son had so much fun this week that he begged to stay for the weekend. I’ve never seen him so excited about ANYTHING in his life. Thanks for a great week. Karen F., parent, University of Denver
“Simply amazing counselors who deserve the highest recommendation! My son’s expression of enthusiasm is most welcome as he’s not the easily impressed. He loved it! Thanks for a creative, positive weekend. Barbara R., parent, University of Denver
“We were incredibly impressed! I didn’t think the camp could possibly meet Will’s high expectations, but after the first day I think the camp exceeded his already high expectations. I have never seen him so excited, not just about the programming, but the staff, fun games, inside jokes, etc. We will definitely be back! Jennifer U., parent, University of Denver
What Campers Are Saying
“This camp takes anyone a step ahead in their dreams if they ever decide to attend. It has given me a chance to really bond with the people around me, and I really want to come back. Dwight C., student, University of Denver
“I’ve been attending iD Tech Camps for 3 years now, and every time has been even more enjoyable than the last. My session this year continued this tradition…the staff was friendly, the video game breaks and outside time were balanced, and I learned a lot of useful skills that I’m planning to put to use right away. Jacob B., student, University of Denver
“My instructor was great at teaching the material. Everything was taught well, and the instructor made the camp fun. He involved everybody and helped all the students come up with their very own Java program. Ezra H., student, University of Denver
“Before I attended iD Tech Camps, I knew nothing about programming. I was extremely interested in Java, so I decided this camp was a good place to start. I was right. I learned so much and had tons of fun along the way. Matthew L., student, University of Denver
“Fabulous, fabulous, FABULOUS! I had a copiously amazing week and would like to thank my awesome teacher. Everybody seemed really energetic and excited with what we were doing, and it made camp more fun. Thanks for an awesome week! Sierra C., student, University of Denver
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.