iD Programming Academy Summer Camps: Lake Forest College
Lake Forest College
iD Programming Academy at Lake Forest College
iD Programming Academy, Ages 13-18
TWO-WEEKS | CO-ED | OVERNIGHT ONLY | TEEN ONLY
INTENSIVE COMPUTER PROGRAMMING & APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
Learn how to code for the real world! The iD Programming Academy, the leading summer technology program for teens in the U.S., provides an intensive, pre-college experience in the growing field of programming and application development. The two-week overnight programs are held at elite universities and taught by iD faculty with programming, development, engineering and computer science experience. Highlights of the iD Programming Academy:
- Discover programming, app development and robotics with industry-grade software
- Learn from elite faculty in small, personalized classes of just 8 students or fewer, guaranteed
- Tour a major application development studio
- Have a blast with our LAN gaming tournaments (not to infringe on instructional time)
- Graduate with experience using software repository systems (and receive an Official Transcript with Continuing Education Units, optional)
With the fields of application development, computer science and engineering expanding rapidly, students interested in pursuing a career can no longer wait until college to learn how to code. Start here and now.
The iD Programming Academy offers intensive, assignment-driven programming workshops in course topics ranging from iPhone® and Android™ app development to Java for the AP® Exam, robotics engineering, modding with Minecraft, and more. Go to Step 2 for course availability and dates.
Additional Tech Programs at Lake Forest College
iD Tech Camps, Ages 7-17
WEEKLONG | CO-ED | DAY CAMPS | OVERNIGHT CAMPS
COURSE TOPICS: VIDEO GAME DESIGN, PROGRAMMING, APPS, WEB DESIGN, & MORE
We’re celebrating our 12th season as the premier summer computer camp destination in the Chicago area. Our popular weeklong day camps and overnight camps at Lake Forest College boast a maximum of 8 students per instructor (you won’t find counselors-in-training or online tutorials at iD) and customized curriculum for beginner to advanced learners. You can register for one or several weeks of our summer camps and experience life on the beautiful Lake Forest College campus! Live in the college dorms! Design a video game! Build a web site in Flash®, program a robot, make your own iPhone® Apps, edit your own video and more with the best brand name products from Adobe®, Apple®, Autodesk®, Microsoft® and beyond.
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 Lake Forest College
NOTE: Our specific location on campus at this Illinois teen camp, along with maps and driving directions, will be found in My Account after you register.
Lake Forest College is located in the beautiful suburb of Chicago’s North Shore. Its beautiful 107 acre campus sits just a few blocks from Lake Michigan, and is just a quick walk from downtown Lake Forest. With access to nearby Chicago and the O’Hare International Airport, the college is a convenient location for our overnight programming camps. Teens can take in iD’s challenging program while enjoying the pristine collegiate atmosphere and experiencing a taste of independence. iD Programming Academy at Lake Forest College is perfect for high-school-aged students ages 13-18 who want to learn application development in an engaged, immersive atmosphere.
Campus Life & Meals
As part of the full university experience, students will eat in university dining halls and sleep in real dorms. All meals are included.
About Our Courses
Students in the iD Programming Academy learn using industry-standard software, the latest smartphone technology and the most sophisticated robotics equipment. Our two-week, overnight programming camps for teens are taught by experienced instructors and culminate in a Launch Party for students to showcase their final projects and apps. Graduate from our programming courses with essential skills for the future.
iD Programming Labs 101
iPhone® & iPad® App Development – Objective C & Xcode®
Google Android™ App Development with Java
Java for the AP® Exam
Robotics Engineering & Coding Modding & Programming with Minecraft™
Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Credits at ALL iD Programming Academy locations are available from Stanford Continuing Studies (SCS). The credits will go on file at Stanford upon successful completion of a course at the iD Programming Academy, and a transcript will be mailed out to the participant. Continuing Studies offers a credit awarding transcript generation service to academic programs. Continue to read for more information on Continuing Education Units:
What are the benefits/objectives of awarding Continuing Education Credits?
- Encourage students to utilize educational resources to meet their personal and educational goals.
- Assist with pre-college advanced placement through proof of related work.
- Demonstrate that the student has completed course content with college-level difficulty.
- Enable individuals to have an accurate source of their current CEU activity with tracked proof of completion (Certified Certificate of Completion) by an accredited University program.
Note: CEUs are not transferable as college credit.
Tours & Activities
Note: We tour a real application development studio, but studio venues may change without notice.
TOUR: To Be Determined
The iD Programming Academy at Lake Forest College will be taking an off-site excursion to a real application development studio. Check back soon for details.
Academy activities are as diverse as the teens who attend our programs. After each day's instruction, you'll take time out to socialize, relax, watch movies, play sports, catch up with friends on Facebook, or game in one of our nightly NVIDIA®-hosted gaming tournaments (with hot new titles like Team Fortress® 2). Some highlights from last summer include team-building activities, group game design challenges, human Tower Defense, kickball tournaments, trivia nights, bowling, Settlers of Catan, and more!
Stay the weekend within the session and you will also have the opportunity to tour local points of interest off campus!
Note: Students may be allowed to travel in groups within local boundaries, depending on the restrictions imposed by the university. Our supervising staff will remain in the vicinity to check in with students periodically. Academy students enjoy extra privileges appropriate for their environment and maturity levels. While we maintain standard supervision ratios, teens will feel a sense of freedom.
Faculty & Instruction
The iD Programming Academy fosters real programming and application development skills, in addition to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) development. Students “learn by doing” through intensive, hands-on instruction. Our classes are small, ensuring personalized instruction and allowing students to move at their own pace.
This is our 2nd year hosting iD Programming Academy at Lake Forest College. Here are a few veteran faculty from other program locations:
- Jeremiah: Jeremiah holds a B.S. in Computer Science from UC Irvine and a master’s in Education from UCLA. As an undergraduate, he participated in university research at UCI’s Video Game Lab programming algorithms for dynamic level creation. He has 3 years of industry experience as a software engineer (including one year in the Middle East!), and is now an inner city high school math and computer science teacher in Watts, Los Angeles, CA.
- Matthew: Matthew graduated from Lehigh University with a master’s degree in Computer Science. During this time, he published research on reinforcement learning artificial intelligence. Since graduating, he has been working on a degree in education to teach kids about the wonders of computer science and mathematics. On the side, Matthew has done projects in web design and teaching.
- Juan: Juan graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in Computer Science and Chemistry. As an undergraduate, he worked in collaboration with Physical Therapy students on a virtual reality game to help children with cerebral palsy get active and moving. In addition, his senior project consisted of developing an iPhone application to show an Ithaca College campus map to help visitors and students find their way across campus.
- “Mac”: Mac is a graduate of Full Sail University’s Game Design and Development program. After graduation, he spent 6 years developing games for the Megatouch touchscreen entertainment system. During this time he developed over a dozen titles and was promoted to Lead Programmer. He is a returning instructor with the iD Programming Academy and enjoys educating students with STEM skills.
- Aaron: After graduating summa cum laude from Tufts University with a B.A. in Computer Science and Mathematics, Aaron worked for two years at Lockheed Martin Global Training & Logistics. There he contributed to a variety of Department of Defense programs with the goal of preparing our nation’s war fighters for challenges abroad. At Lockheed, he gained invaluable real-world software engineering experience in a variety of languages, including Java. Aaron has been an effective mentor, both professionally at Lockheed and voluntarily in preparing Salvadoran immigrants for the U.S. citizenship test. Aaron enjoys basketball, cooking, video games, and creating awesome Android apps.
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.
Testimonials From iD Programming Academy
What Parents Are Saying
“The camp director seems like a super leader – he had a very positive personality. Thank you for providing such a fine influence on my son. The projects and opportunities for the kids to be creative and have fun were wonderful. Leilani D., parent, American iD Programming Academy
“Overall, this was a terrific way to engage my teen who was totally psyched to attend, participate (not always the case), learn new skills and meet some real live teenagers just like himself. Thanks! Andrea C., parent, American iD Programming Academy
“My son enjoys attending and always learns something new. It is great that you can go off campus and engage in fun activities other than sitting in front of the computer for the whole day. Keep up the good work. You are always innovative and keep your courses modern and new. Trish G., parent, Stanford iD Programming Academy
“After much nagging, my son hadn’t created an app at home, even though he has plenty of free time. But after this 2-week camp, viola! He created an awesome app. Kathy G., parent, Stanford iD Programming Academy
“We feel our son gained a lot from the overall camp experience in terms of interacting with others and the independence away from his home environment. Vatsa S., parent, Stanford iD Programming Academy
What Academy Students Are Saying
“Definitely a great program and one of the best I’ve been to. Within the first half day I was laughing and having tons of fun with everyone. I learned more about programming than I ever expected to in two weeks. The instructors knew exactly what they were teaching and they quickly answered every question I had. Just an overall great camp experience! Cody S., student, American iD Programming Academy
“This camp was the greatest experience of my life so far. I not only made new friends, had a ton of fun and enjoyed every minute of my instructor’s knowledge, but I learned so much… and I know I can use these skills for my future career. I would not trade this for anything in the world. Dylan G., student, American iD Programming Academy
“This was a great camp! If you come with prior experience or even with no experience at all, you will have fun. William B., student, American iD Programming Academy
“My instructor was very helpful when necessary, but applied a “learn it yourself” method. Although this style took some adjusting to in the beginning, it was overall far superior to one where he would be “holding our hands” the entire time. He taught us not only how to program while at camp, but also taught us how we can learn to program in a real life environment. Overall a great two weeks. Adam P., student, Stanford iD Programming Academy
“I really thought that this was an awesome experience. It was just mind blowing…two weeks of doing stuff that I really like, surrounded by some of the best instructors and kids there are in the country. My instructor was funny, relaxed, and taught extremely well. I’ve learned an unbelievable amount about coding. Jerry Y., student, Stanford iD Programming Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this teen camp cost?
The cost for the two-week residential teen camp is US $3,599 - $3,799. Check our site for special promotions. Continuing Education Units are available from Stanford Continuing Studies, for an additional fee. Age restrictions apply. Weekend Stays are optional, but recommended, and cost $349 per weekend. Most students choose to stay the weekend with us.
What are the dates of camp?
Our teen camps run throughout the summer. Check Step 2 to see date availability for specific courses. You can also see what iD Tech Camps courses and dates are available at this location.
What courses are offered at this location?
Go to Step 2 to see Course Availability, Tuition & Dates.
How do I find out if the course I want is open for enrollment?
View real-time availability all courses by going to Step 2.
How do I register?
Go to Step 2 and choose your course, then continue along the steps.
What if the curriculum is too easy or too hard once my program starts?
Don’t worry - students learn at their own pace, and the curriculum is customized to fit each student’s skill and experience level. Our instructors work closely with each student and adjust project specifications to be challenging yet fun.
Do I need to bring a computer to camp?
No, students do not need to bring personal computers to their session. iD provides a computer for each student to use over the course of their program, along with all materials necessary for the course.
Do you offer any non-overnight programs?
Yes, other iD programs include weeklong iD Tech Camps with both day camp and overnight camp options. iD Tech Camps courses are held at 60 universities nationwide, with topics ranging from iPhone® app development to video game design, website design and more. The courses are divided up by age range, so you can still choose to have a teen-only experience if you wish.
What if I get sick or have summer school?
Balance payments, less the non-refundable deposit, are refundable up until 3 weeks prior to the start of a confirmed camp week/session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations or withdrawals within 3 weeks of the start of a confirmed camp week/session. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the internalDrive Inc. office or online in My Account no later than 3 weeks prior to the start of camp. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.
Who should I contact with questions or concerns?
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