Technology Summer Camps for Kids

Technology summer camps range from one or two week sessions, day camp or residential, from outfits iD Tech and Digital Media Academy to local colleges and universities who sometimes offer technology summer camps. Tech Kids Unlimited, Black Girls Code, the coding club Coder Dojo, and other groups also offer technology classes. Searching online with the phrase “technology summer camps” and your city might reveal other choices to look into. The local YMCA or YWCA also might have summer camps with technology options.

How to evaluate these camps? The number of years in business is a great metric because a company that can successfully run camps over years suggests they have happy kids and parents. But you should make calls to camps and ask for references. Another metric might be turnover rate for their teachers and camp organizers. And what kids learn also matters: ask your kids if the technology or software taught interests them, especially if they learn a subject like game design instead of software like Minecraft.

For more ideas about how to find and evaluate summer tech camps, read How to Find Summer Tech Camps.

Find Summer Technology Camps by Location:

Technology Holiday Summer Camps: United Kingdom

Fire Tech Camps

Courses in Arduino, Java, Python, Game Design, and more in London, Brighton, Bristol, Reading, Cambridge, Buckinghamshire, and Manchester.
http://www.firetechcamp.com/

Fun Tech CampsNew

Java, Minecraft, Lego NXT, 3D Game Design, Drones, and other tech courses taught in Maidenhead, Hampstead, Richmond, Reading, Oxford, St. Albans, Northwood, Weybridge, Tonbridge, and Bristol (Clifton and Badminton).
http://funtech.co.uk/

Technology Summer Camps: United States

Multiple US States

These camps offer programs in multiple states across the US. Be sure to browse these camps to see if they offer courses in your town or state. More local programs are listed by city and state below these listings.

Maker Ed DirectoryNew

Scroll down, pick your US state from the dropdown list, and likely there are a few great summer and year round programs to investigate.
http://makered.org/resources/directory/

iDTech Camps (Internal Drive)

One and two week camps at colleges and universities in US. Kids 7-17 plus Teen Camps. Registration starts November 1, 2013 for summer 2014.
http://www.idtech.com/

Alexa Cafe

A new camp operated by iDTech but for girls 10-14 in Silicon Valley to teach leadership and tech skills, as well as programming, entrepreneurship, brand identity, design, and philanthropy.
http://www.idtech.com/alexa-cafe/

App Camp for GirlsNew

Their camps empower girls entering 8th and 9th grade in fall by providing engaging programs in software development. Camps in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, and Southern California.
http://appcamp4girls.org/

Digitech UNew

Classes in Brain Juice, Lego Robotics, Minecraft, and Programming at their Georgia locations in Atlanta, Columbus, and Marietta, as well as Montgomery, Alabama.
http://www.digitechu.com/

Digital Media Academy

Includes Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal locations in Canada, as well as US. Ages 6 to 17 and adults.
http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/

Emagination Summer Camps

Locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
http://www.computercamps.com/

The Flatiron School

Learn to write code using the same technologies used by coders at some of the coolest tech companies around, like Twitter and Hulu. Camps in New York City, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Greenwich (CT), Miami, and San Francisco
http://summer.flatironschool.com/

Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (imacs)

Located in South Florida, North Carolina, St. Louis, and Connecticut.
http://www.imacs.org/

Make Games With Us

A two-month camp in San Francisco, New York City, Boston, and Silicon Valley to teach kids the complete process of creating a game, from idea to design to coding to an app for download in iTunes.
http://www.mgw.us/academy

Black Girls Code

Summer of Code 2013 was in Pittsburgh, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, District of Columbia, Chicago, and Oakland, California.
http://www.blackgirlscode.com

National Computer Camps

Locations in Connecticut, Atlanta, and Cleveland. Their camps have operated since 1977.
http://www.nccamp.com/

Kids-N-Technology

Locations in Texas, North Carolina, and Memphis.
http://www.kidsntechnology.net/

Children’s Technology Workshop

Located in Colorado, Virginia, and Ontario, Canada. They also appear to have locations Hong Kong, Mumbai, Shanghai, Seoul, and Singapore.
http://ctworkshop.com/

Coder Dojo

An international coding club to connect programming professionals with kids 7-17 and their parents (if parents want to get involved).
http://www.coderdojo.com

YMCA Technology Summer Camps

Here’s a search results page from Google. Just add your town or city name to the query and resubmit.
https://www.google.com/#q=ymca+technology+summer+camps

Young HacksNew

Young Hacks Academy offers summer Computer camps and after School Programs for ages 6-14 currently in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
http://younghacks.com/

Alabama

Digitech UNew

Classes in Brain Juice, Lego Robotics, Minecraft, and Programming at their Georgia locations in Atlanta, Columbus, and Marietta, as well as Montgomery, Alabama.
http://www.digitechu.com/

Arizona

CodaKidNew

A mix of traditional summer camps, online courses with tutors, and afterschool programs.
https://codakid.com/

Chicago Area

#CivicsSummer

Based in Chicago, this has been a successful summer program for teenagers. They may have a program summer 2015.
http://www.smartchicagocollaborative.org/projects/civic-innovation-summer-2/

PowerUp Tech Academy

http://www.powerupta.com

Los Angeles Area

CodeREV Kids

http://www.coderevkids.com

Kids Can Code

Based in Southern California with a focus on Python, Scratch, and Raspberry Pi.
http://kidscancode.org/

Planet Bravo

Based in the Los Angeles, California area.
http://www.planetbravo.com/camps/

Connecticut

Manchester Community College Summer Enrichment ProgramsNew

A technology and engineering program for Grades 2-4 and Grades 5-8.
http://www.manchestercc.edu/continuing-education/excursions-in-learning/
http://www.manchestercc.edu/continuing-education/excursions-in-learning/summer-enrichment-program/

Robotics and Beyond

Based in New Milford, CT, this program — with a full range of STEAM activities plus interaction with professional programmers and technologists (men and women) — has grown to 120+ campers over 4 weeks, from over 50 towns, three states, and a 50 mile radius.
http://roboticsandbeyond.org/wp_index.php/summer-camp-details/

Georgia

Digitech UNew

Classes in Brain Juice, Lego Robotics, Minecraft, and Programming at their Georgia locations in Atlanta, Columbus, and Marietta, as well as Montgomery, Alabama.
http://www.digitechu.com/

Maryland Area

See Com-Star Learning below for Rockville, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia locations.

Massachusetts Area

Empow Studios

http://empow.me/

KT Bytes

Based in Lexington, MA, near Boston, they offer automated online courses, web conference lessons, in person group lessons, and different levels of camps during the summer.
https://www.ktbyte.com/

Young HacksNew

Young Hacks Academy offers summer Computer camps and after School Programs for ages 6-14 currently in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
http://younghacks.com/

Wolfram Tech Innovation Summer Camp

Run from Bentley University, near Boston, they’ve added this tech innovation camp in addition to their excellent math and science summer programs for kids.
http://education.wolfram.com/summer/

Miami, Florida

Wyncode Academy

A Miami-based code bootcamp with a focus on learning the basics of coding hands-on in weeks.
http://wyncode.co

New Hampshire

Young HacksNew

Young Hacks Academy offers summer Computer camps and after School Programs for ages 6-14 currently in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
http://younghacks.com/

New York Area

Coding Camp SpaceNew

Located near Central Park, their summer camp offers a mix of coding, site visits of tech companies, and outdoor activities for kids.
http://www.thecodingspace.com/summer-camp.html

TechBridges

A two-week game design for global good program taught by NYU and Columbia instructors at Columbia. Offer commuting and boarding options.
http://www.newpathwayeducation.com/services/camps/techbridges/

Tech Kids Unlimited

Based in the New York City area, this camp specializes in kids who learn differently with special needs.
http://www.techkidsunlimited.org/

The Flatiron School (New York City)

Five two-week summer terms for kids 13-18. Learn to write code using the same technologies used by coders at some of the coolest tech companies around, like Twitter and Hulu.
http://summer.flatironschool.com/

Upperline (New York City)New

Upperline teaches high school students how to turn their ideas into reality using the power of code. Student learn Ruby, Javascript, HTML, CSS and Swift in two week summer courses for high school students.
http://www.upperlinecode.com

New York Code + Design Academy

http://nycda.com/classes/summer-code-camp/
http://nycda.com/classes/web-development-for-teens/

The Digital Arts Experience

For kids and teens from Westchester, Rockland, and Fairfield communities to explore the world of creative technology, digital art, STEM related fields, and more.
http://www.thedae.com/

Girls Inc Long IslandNew

Organizations has a number of camps for girls ages 5-18 teaching coding, robotics, and sports.
http://girlsincli.org/summer-camps/

Young HacksNew

Young Hacks Academy offers summer Computer camps and after School Programs for ages 6-14 currently in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
http://younghacks.com/

Ohio Area

Classroom Antics

Numerous LEGO robotics, programming, video game, and other classes in Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus locations.
http://www.classroomantics.com/

Pennsylvania

Lancaster Country Day School (Technology)

Programming and robotics classes in Lancaster area with Scratch, Python, Arduino, and more.
http://www.lancastercountryday.org/Page/About-LCDS/Summer-Programs

Texas

Camp Katy

Located in the Katy, Texas near Houston.
http://www.canisius.edu/sciencecamp/

Fun 2 Learn Code (Round Rock, Austin)New

http://fun2learncode.com/

San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley

Embark Labs

App building and computer science classes in San Jose, Santa Clara, Mountain View, and Menlo Park.
http://embarklabs.com/

Tynker

Tynker offers interactive one week summer courses for children to learn programming and game design at their own pace at home, in addition to their grade based curriculum for schools. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
http://www.tynker.com/summer-camps/

VisionTech

Camps in Danville and Saratoga, California.
http://www.visiontechcamps.com/

Camp EdTech

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
http://www.campedtech.org/

The Tech Summer Camp

Part of the Tech Museum in San Jose, California. Registration should begin late January 2014.
http://thetechsummercamps.thetech.org/

Vermont

Young HacksNew

Young Hacks Academy offers summer Computer camps and after School Programs for ages 6-14 currently in Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, and Massachusetts.
http://younghacks.com/

Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland

Com-Star LearningNew

Classes in Manassas, Fairfax, Herndon, and Arlington, Virginia as well as Washington and Glasgow, DC and Rockville, Maryland.
http://comstar-learning.com

Seattle, Washington State Area

Camp TechwiseNew

Kids set flexible schedules to learn digital photography, game design, computer networking, and more. Located in Seattle area.
http://www.camptechwise.com/

Creative Coding 4 Kids

After school and summer camp classes in Seattle and Bellevue locations.
http://www.creativecoding4kids.com/

Digipen Project Fun

Located in Redmond, Washington state, Bilbao, Spain, and Singapore. Ages 5-18. Offer online courses as well.
https://projectfun.digipen.edu/

Technology Summer Camps for Kids: Canada

App Camp for GirlsNew

Their camps empower girls entering 8th and 9th grade in fall by providing engaging programs in software development. Camps in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Phoenix, and Southern California.
http://appcamp4girls.org/

Digital Media Academy

Includes Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal locations in Canada. Ages 6 to 17 and adults.
http://www.digitalmediaacademy.org/

Hatch Canada Summer Break CampNew

Located in Toronto, camp spends half the day coding and half the day on field trips.
hatchcanada.com/summerbreakcamp

Thinnox Design & Technology Camps

Located in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada.
http://www.thinnox.com/camps/summer-camp/

Technology Summer Camps for Kids: Europe

If you have attended technology summer camps in Europe, please contact me.

Digipen Project Fun

Located in Redmond, Washington state, Bilbao, Spain, and Singapore. Ages 5-18. Offer online courses as well.
https://projectfun.digipen.edu/

Con Mas FuturoNew

Summer technology and nature camps for kids ages 5-15 in Madrid, Spain: drones; 3D printing; Minecraft; game programming with Scratch, Stencyl, and League of Legends; robotics, Lego Mindstorms; electronics with Arduino; multimedia; music, and creativity.
http://www.conmasfuturo.es
http://www.campamentos.conmasfuturo.com/

Technology Summer Camps for Kids: Asia

Digipen Project Fun

Located in Redmond, Washington state, Bilbao, Spain, and Singapore. Ages 5-18. Offer online courses as well.
https://projectfun.digipen.edu/

Children’s Technology Workshop (Mumbai)

http://www.ctworkshop.in/
https://www.facebook.com/ctwindia

Children’s Worklab (Singapore)

http://www.worklab.com.sg/

Saturday Kids Holiday CampNew

http://saturdaykids.com/holiday-camps/

The Genius Workshop (Hong Kong, Shanghai)

http://www.g-workshop.com
http://www.g-workshop.com.cn/

ee-ya (Seoul)

http://ee-ya.com/

University Technology Summer Camps

These camps are run only at a specific university or college. Other programs like iDTech and Digital Media Academy hold courses at many colleges and universities in the US and Canada.

Definitely go online and call local colleges near you to ask if they have a summer computer science program. For example, George Washington University in Washington, DC, the University of Houston, Georgia Tech, and Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York have had summer technology camps geared towards kids and teenagers.

Marymount Summer Science and Technology Camp

Located at Marymount University in New York City.
http://marymountsummer.org/science-technology-camp/

Michigan State University Engineering Summer Programs

Located in East Lansing, Michigan, they run a number of summer technology day camps.
http://www.egr.msu.edu/future-engineer/programs

Tufts University DevTech Camp (near Boston)

For kids in kindergarten through second grade, technology courses geared to their interests and capabiities.
http://ase.tufts.edu/devtech/DevTechSummer2014.asp

Directories of Technology Summer Camps

Unfortunately, I did not find any useful directories while researching this page. For example, some directories list entries in a way that effectively spams their results with one or two technology summer camps because those camps have many locations. I’m not giving up on finding one or more great directories for these camps. Your feedback is welcome.

The EdSurge article at least includes ideas for local groups like Coder Dojo and Black Girls Code to contact to see if they have technology camps.

EdSurge: Heading Off to Summer Coding Camp

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2013-05-13-heading-off-to-summer-coding-camp

Summer Science Camps

Science and technology camps in United States.
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/summer_science_camp-directory.shtml

 

For more ideas about how to find and evaluate summer tech camps, read How to Find Summer Tech Camps.

Top story photo courtesy of Robert Couse Baker on Flickr.