This post is sponsored by iD Tech.
As soon as spring break is over, this momma is ready to start thinking about summer camp. After all of that togetherness (and knowing how much activity is going to be crammed into the next two months), figuring out a summer plan suddenly moves much further up my priority list. The problem? My girls aren’t interested in a traditional summer camp experience. In fact, they couldn’t be less interested.
Arts and crafts? Yes please. Singing and dancing? Bring it on. Sports? Mmmm, not so much.
My daughters know what they like and a run-of-the-mill summer camp experience is not it. But mention a tech camp that teaches them coding and game design or lets them experiment with 3D printing and they are all ears.
iD Tech provides just that with both summer day camps and overnight camps separated by age groups (kids ages 6–12 and teens ages 13–18). They even offer an all-girls summer camp program for ages 10–15 to encourage girls to get involved—I love this about them (in 2018, 30% of their camper population will be female and they plan to continue advocating for girls in STEM with a goal of achieving a 50/50 balance).
Do you have a kid interested in the STEM fields? Read on to see what iD Tech summer camps have to offer.
iD Tech STEM Summer Camps
iD Tech can be found at distinguished campuses all over the country including Stanford, UCLA, Princeton, and MIT. Westchester is lucky enough to have two locations offering their programs: Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville and (in its inaugural year!) Manhattanville College in Purchase.
Courses are taught by hand-selected staff (recruited from universities like Caltech, RIT, and Stanford) in small groups of 8 students per instructor. Students get to choose from courses in coding, game design, virtual reality, robotics, engineering, 3D printing, and more and will be able to use professional software from Adobe, Apple, Microsoft, and other industry leaders.
Is your kid really into Minecraft? Both campuses offer courses in Minecraft game design. Or, maybe, like my daughter, your child has gotten really into coding classes offered at school. He or she can build on that with a DIY Build Your Own Laptop & Learn Coding course. There are so many different options available—from 3D Printing and Mobile Game Design to Cryptography & Cyber Security.
iD Tech has been at it for 18 years and their alumni have gone on to start companies, found nonprofits, and land jobs at tech powerhouses like Facebook and Google. If your child shows any interest in tech, these camps are a great way to bring them to the next level.
Courses start at $879 for a one-week session and run all day. And, in case you’re not too into the idea of them sitting inside behind a computer all day, outdoor play and other camp activities are included as part of each day.