Ohio Summer Camp Locations Summer Camps: Ohio State University Computer Camps
Ohio State University Computer Camps
Computer Camps Held at Ohio 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! Our adult-only staff are tech-savvy undergraduates, graduate students and professionals, passionate about teaching game design, film, computer science and more.
This is our 5th season hosting summer camps at our Ohio State University 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 Ohio State University summer day camps and overnight camps are located in Columbus, OH.
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.
About Ohio State University
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 Ohio State University to host our summer academic camps due to its leadership and excellence in public education. Similar to iD’s mission, one of the university’s core values is to “ignite a lifelong love of learning” in students. Ohio State is a multi-campus university with a main campus in Columbus where students benefit from a scholarly environment in which research inspires and informs teaching. Ohio State University is an excellent option for either a day camp or overnight camp program.
Ohio State University
OSU was recently recognized as one of the top 15 “innovative” universities by U.S. News and World Report. A big university means a big opportunity. OSU is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state.
Ohio State University Facts
Schools and Colleges at Ohio State University: The Ohio State University offers coursework through: College of Dentistry, College of Engineering, College of Education and Human Ecology, Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Optometry, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, College of Social Work, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colleges of the Arts and Sciences, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Max M. Fisher College of Business, Michael E. Moritz College of Law.
Student Population: One of the largest universities in the nation, Ohio State enrolls over 50,000 students, with 38,000 undergraduates and over 13,000 postgraduates.
Rankings: The Association of American Universities has only one public university from the state of Ohio, and Ohio State University became that school all the way back in 1916. Due to its relatively high educational quality, Ohio State University was named a “Public Ivy” school by Howard and Matthew Greene in 2000. OSU has also been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as the 18th best public university and 53rd overall ranked university in the nation. While these are outstanding rankings, Ohio State is continually making improvements, and because of this, they have been ranked 14th in U.S. News’ list of “Up and Coming” colleges and universities.
Athletics: The Ohio State Buckeyes participate in the NCAA’s Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference (alongside rival the University of Michigan) in most of their intercollegiate sports. Their men’s hockey team is part of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association and the women’s hockey team participates as part of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. “Brutus” the Buckeye is the official Ohio State University mascot.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: Notable Ohio State alumni include Executive at Netscape and America Online Susan Mernit; President of the Tiger Woods Foundation Gregory McLaughlin; and lead singer of the country music trio Rascal Flatts Gary LeVox.
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 Ohio State University over the years.
- “Batman”: Batman has been teaching children the wonders of computer technology for the past 5 years. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Computer Animation, his goal is to create, educate and entertain through the medium of computers. He has taught at iD Tech Camps locations all up and down the Eastern Seaboard and has even been spotted working tirelessly on the West Coast.
- “Cog”: Cog has been instructing with iD Tech Camps for many years and is dedicated to sharing STEM subjects with students. He graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts & Animation. When he is not instructing at camp, Cog likes to read, write, draw, create graphical art and play video games.
- “Hannah Montana”: Hannah Montana, a native Minnesotan, has taught with iD Tech Camps for several years. She recently earned her B.A. in Art and Computer Science from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. The self-described nerd loves digital design, as well as programming and game modding. She looks forward to inspiring kids in the art of game design!
- “Bubbles”: Bubbles brings extensive teaching experience with other camp organizations to our computer programs. The avid gamer graduated from Hampton University in Virginia after studying Journalism and Computer Science. With a background in game design, she is very passionate about the industry of technology. She can’t wait to introduce campers the intricacies of making their own games!
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 Ohio Teens!
Our summer camps in Ohio at Ohio 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 Ohio State University
What Parents Are Saying
“I was impressed at the organization of the camp. My daughter enjoyed the instructors and loved learning computer design. This was a wonderful experience for her. Drew T., parent, Ohio State University
“The instructors and camp director were very engaging and positive. My son had a great time and learned a lot. Thank you. Cindy J., parent, Ohio State University
“Per my son’s feedback, “iD Tech Camps is the coolest place” he has ever been to. It challenged him, and with the help of the instructors, he overcame difficulties. My son was nervous at first but quickly enjoyed the experience. The combination of the college dorm experience was a great added bonus for a high schooler. Danyael W., parent, Ohio State University
“My son had a great time and said he learned a great deal. The staff was friendly and helpful and we loved being able to see my son in the photos online. Thanks so much. Kelly L., parent, Ohio State University
“This was my son’s first tech camp of any kind. iD Tech Camps taught him many skills, but also opened his eyes to all the possibilities in the tech and gaming world. I think this experience will ultimately be life changing for him. Great job. Linda S., parent, Ohio State University
What Campers Are Saying
“This was the best camp I have ever been to! The staff was very positive about the programs. I had to create a really hard game for my instructor to beat so he would have a challenge. As an overall experience, I loved the camp and would like to come back next year. Bryce T., student, Ohio State University
“iD Tech Camps is an amazing place for gamers of all ages who want to learn what happens behind the scenes of their favorite games! It is rewarding and absolutely fun! Sievey J., student, Ohio State University
“Everyone was friendly and kind. Between everyone and I had so much fun and this makes me want to come back again during the summer or next year. The staff have been so funny and enjoyable to their students. Alexander H., student, Ohio State University
“I really enjoyed this camp…it was a lot of fun! I have officially decided that I want to do the overnight option next time around. Maddie B., student, Ohio State University
“I had a FANTASTIC time here at camp! I hope I can come back next year! Grant L., student, Ohio 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.