Pennsylvania Summer Camp Locations Summer Camps: Carnegie Mellon University Computer Camps
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Camps
Computer Camps Held at Carnegie Mellon 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 12th season hosting summer camps at our Carnegie Mellon 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 Carnegie Mellon University summer day camps and overnight camps are located in the Pittsburgh area, PA.
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 Carnegie Mellon 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).
Did you know the co-founder of iD Tech Camps, Kathryn Ingram, is from Fox Chapel? She’s a die-hard Steelers fan. She attended Penn State and now resides in the Silicon Valley in California.
We have chosen the CMU campus to host our academic summer camps because it is one of the nation’s leading private research universities. Carnegie Mellon’s position of leadership in the arts and in technology is unusual in higher education today. The institution has become a national leader in technological fields such as computer science, robotics and engineering. The Pittsburgh International Airport is 22 miles (and approximately 45 minutes driving time) from Carnegie Mellon University, making Carnegie Mellon University an excellent option for a day camp or overnight camp program. Come check out our elite summer camps in Pennsylvania!
Carnegie Mellon University
Our Pittsburgh summer camps, located five miles from downtown Pittsburgh, thrive in the heart of the business and research community in the Oakland district. Bordered by quaint residential neighborhoods and the wooded hills of a scenic park, the 100-acre campus provides an academic environment that combines the best of both worlds: an urban campus in a wooded setting.
Carnegie Mellon University Facts
Schools at Carnegie Mellon University: Carnegie Institute of Technology, College of Fine Arts, H. John Heinz III College, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, School of Computer Science, Tepper School of Business.
Student Population: The CMU student population consists of over 5,500 undergraduates and over 5,000 postgraduates.
Rankings: Carnegie Mellon is known for its “tech” heritage. Carnegie Mellon’s rankings in computer science, engineering, business and economics, public policy and information systems, psychology, and the arts are considered among the most elite in the world. The university is one of 60 elected members of the Association of American Universities and its academic reputation has led it to be included in Newsweek’s list of “New Ivies.”
Athletics: The CMU Tartans were a founding part of the University Athletic Association of the NCAA Division III. Before WWII, Carnegie Mellon (previously known as Carnegie Tech) played with NCAA Division I teams and in 1939 the Tartan football team won a birth to the NCAA National Championship at the Sugar Bowl. The Tartans have a deep tradition of athletic rivalry with the Washington University in St. Louis Football team.
Distinguished Alumni & Personnel: CEO of Sun Microsystems Jonathan I. Schwartz; founding CEO of Activision Jim Levy; and founder of Alice (software) and author of The Last Lecture Randy Pausch.
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 Carnegie Mellon University over the years.
- “Voltron”: Voltron is excited to be taking charge of the robotics class! He is a senior at Ohio University, majoring in digital media. For the past two summers he interned at Foster Miller, a national robotics corporation with a branch in Cranberry. He enjoys programming, reading, playing and making video games.
- “Codex”: Codex is finishing up her studies in Information Systems Management at Slippery Rock University. She enjoys gaming (particularly RPGs), and she has experience both in robotics and programming with C++ and Java. She loves working with children and can’t wait to share her knowledge!
- “Maverick”: Maverick has been a gamer since the tender age of 5. He turned his passion into a career by helping to manage a popular gaming cafe in Squirrel Hill for several years, and hopes to apply those skills to his instruction at camp. In addition to video games, Maverick enjoys writing game reviews and learning more about video game design and development.
- “Pixel”: Pixel hails from Savannah, GA. She is a teaching assistant for the Savannah-Chatham Co. Board of Education working towards becoming a certified art teacher in public schools. Pixel has a MFA in Sequential Art, Storyboarding and Comics Art. Originally from upstate New York, Pixel has been with iD Tech Camps for many years now and has taught such courses at Adventures in Comics, Game Creation, and Graphic Arts. Her favorite phrase of the day is “Hey now!”
- “Ace”: Ace is a returning iD Tech Camps instructor and a veteran camp director. A former camper himself, Ace is a recent graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA. He is an audio engineer who enjoys working in film and music production as well as playing and learning about video games and the world of technology. He is psyched to be back, leading campers to great things.
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 Pennsylvania Teens!
Our summer camps in Pennsylvania at Carnegie Mellon 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 Carnegie Mellon University
What Parents Are Saying
“This was a wonderful camp. The camp director was very personable, qualified and was always well prepared. I felt very comfortable dropping my son off each morning because I knew he would be taken care of and that he would have a wonderful day. We will be back next year for sure. Dara H., parent, Carnegie Mellon University
“My son LOVED his experience at camp. In addition to having the best tech experience of his life, he also scored the first soccer goal of his life (and then two more!!). Lauren R., parent, Carnegie Mellon University
“I was very impressed with the staff: excitement and energy. All were very engaging with the students and encouraged each student to achieve his/her very best. We will return next year!!! Lisa M., parent, Carnegie Mellon University
“My son’s “what I want to be when I grow up” ambition is currently to be a robotics engineer. iD Tech Camps gave him an opportunity to explore and learn about building robots, while having a ton of fun! Bethany S., parent, Carnegie Mellon University
“This is a wonderful program for those children who are considering pursuing tech related fields as a career or major in college! Thanks! Breanna/Chris M., parent, Carnegie Mellon University
What Campers Are Saying
“iD Tech Camps is great for everyone because you don’t need to know anything about virtual design beforehand. Plus, you make friends and take part in physical activities every day. I recommend iD Tech Camps for everyone because it’s not just some summer camp…it’s a memory that you will hold on to for your whole life. Joe R., student, Carnegie Mellon University
“An immersive camp that brings students closer to whatever engine/program he/she desires to be involved with. Max K., student, Carnegie Mellon University
“Before this camp, I had no prior knowledge about how to create a game. But, once I got started, I began to learn all there was to know about Unreal Engine 3, and how to make awesome games. I would recommend this course to anyone… Greg T., student, Carnegie Mellon University
“If I could rate the overall experience better than “Great,” I would in a heartbeat. This is the best summer camp in existence. Stephen C., student, Carnegie Mellon University
“This place is the BEST camp I have ever been to! Why? You get to do stuff that a real game designer does. For example, you get to use advanced software to create your own game. Now lets not even talk about the food! The food is fabulous! Andrej M., student, Carnegie Mellon 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.