I was so impressed with Idea Lab Bellaire after my son participated in their summer camp recently, that I was compelled to talk to the owner, Suniti Burua, a Houston mom, to see how she got started and what her inspiration was. Read a brief summary of our one-on-one below and keep an eye out for a full video interview with Suniti coming soon!
Because Idea Lab is such an exceptional resource for kids in our area, I wanted to know how Suniti got started. When asked, Suniti mentioned that she has been “a teacher for most of [her] life” and wanted to bring a more hands-on, creative approach to the different learning modalities implemented in a traditional classroom setting. To do this, Idea Lab uses the S.T.E.A.M [Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics] learning style “that merges the principals of STEM Learning with Creativity (Art) to build critical-thinking skills.”
At this time, Idea Lab offers individual and group learning through hands-on preschool enrichment, afterschool classes, camps, birthday experiences, and workshops that maintain a ratio of 12/1 (kids to teachers).
“The difference is evident in the way our students excel at academics.”
Idea Lab continues their mission during the school year by offering afterschool programs as well as spaces for technology, science, art, and baking as well as a gym for free play. Suniti added that “classes are developed throughout the year” which are later rolled out to all locations “to keep learning Fresh and Exciting!” We talked more on this and about their scholarship program, which I look forward to sharing with you in a future post.
As the interview progressed, Suniti and I discussed her favorite things about Houston and how the community has helped her business thrive. She called Dandelion Café a “second home” for her and her nearly two year-old daughter, Kalyani; adding that the café is also owned by a local mom who has been a great resource. Suniti then lauded the many Houston facilities that provide multiple activities in one setting but also expressed her gratitude for the “great feedback from local families” as well as the Bellaire Business Association.