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Where else can a child gain the gift of learning while engaging in projects that they LOVE in Charlotte, NC? It all takes place at your area IDEA Lab Kids S.T.E.A.M. Campus. Charlotte area parents and kids have an IDEA Lab Kids S.T.E.A.M Campus to help build Critical Thinking skills and Build Better Brains. Your local IDEA Lab S.T.E.A.M. Campus provides FUN and engaging Birthday Parties, Innovative Camps, Preschool S.T.E.A.M Enrichment Classes, Afterschool programs and more.

Rock your Grey Matter at your local Campus Today

  • Drone Flying to Chemical Reaction
  • Robotics to Arduino Coding
  • DNA Dissection to Gadget Hacking
  • Cooking to Canvas Art Masterpieces
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IDEA Lab Kids specializes in programs that merge the principles of S.T.E.M. and the Arts to create S.T.E.A.M. S.T.E.A.M. programs are developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate fields of study in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics.

What Parents Have To Say

My child is grounded for bad behavior when I pick her up from after school care at Idea Lab.
It is every after school care required parent’s dream for their child to be in a safe environment with homework support after school. Extra support for topics like science, technology, whatever e stands for, arts and math is a great investment in a child. It’s also a privilege to have it available and to be able to provide the opportunity. #steamparentwannabe
If you were ever to ask me if LEAVING these kinds of activities would be an issue for a child of mine, I would not even be able to imagine what you were talking about. Prolly because I’d be distracted by that pretty butterfly with no conscious awareness of evolution, physics, art, or that e thing that all are a part of what that pretty butterfly is and does..
Karah has enjoyed all of her extra activities over the years, but she has never felt so passionately about them that they were a currency.
I took away Idea Lab last night for her behavior choices when I pick her up and she worked so hard when we got home to earn IDEA Lab back I am letting them have her today.
Thanks to Idea Lab, the dog poop may be picked up and the empty juice boxes may actually make it to the trash can.
This STEAM thing might actually be working for me!
#northshoalcreek
Holly Rutledge
Holly Rutledge
19:22 30 Aug 19
We had a mobile Minecraft Birthday Party at our house for our 7 year old and it was so awesome! The kids were engaged the entire time- with the staff having great management skills while conducting unique, fun activities. All the kids loved it and the parents were impressed too. But the happiest of all (besides my son who was thrilled to get a bit of laptop time with his friends 😄) was me- because the party planning was a breeze and a success. Thank you!
Kristen English-Bundy
Kristen English-Bundy
18:55 01 Apr 19
Both of my daughters go to Idea Lab Kids for the culinary arts class and they absolutely love it! They love their teachers and the center in general. They offer a lot of options for after school care and I’m definitely going to be enrolling my girls for more classes here. We’re thinking about summer camps already! Only con is can be a bit loud in the center but what can you expect with a place full of kids. Overall we love idea lab.
Vernique Hines
Vernique Hines
21:01 06 Sep 18
i have a son that is currently enrolled in their drone lab that happens every tuesday and he is always excited to go. We were with another idea lab but decided to give a new location a try. idea lab is a great place and my son loves it.
Edward Williams
Edward Williams
20:48 06 Sep 18
My children always love coming to camp. I am impressed by the tough concepts that they explore which always leads to fun conversations on the way home and further experimentation over the weekend. They seem to have knowledgeable and friendly staff and the sticking point for me is that the kids come home having actually learned something!
Kwitzats
Kwitzats
20:19 06 Sep 18

What Parents Have To Say

My child is grounded for bad behavior when I pick her up from after school care at Idea Lab.
It is every after school care required parent’s dream for their child to be in a safe environment with homework support after school. Extra support for topics like science, technology, whatever e stands for, arts and math is a great investment in a child. It’s also a privilege to have it available and to be able to provide the opportunity. #steamparentwannabe
If you were ever to ask me if LEAVING these kinds of activities would be an issue for a child of mine, I would not even be able to imagine what you were talking about. Prolly because I’d be distracted by that pretty butterfly with no conscious awareness of evolution, physics, art, or that e thing that all are a part of what that pretty butterfly is and does..
Karah has enjoyed all of her extra activities over the years, but she has never felt so passionately about them that they were a currency.
I took away Idea Lab last night for her behavior choices when I pick her up and she worked so hard when we got home to earn IDEA Lab back I am letting them have her today.
Thanks to Idea Lab, the dog poop may be picked up and the empty juice boxes may actually make it to the trash can.
This STEAM thing might actually be working for me!
#northshoalcreek
Holly Rutledge
Holly Rutledge
19:22 30 Aug 19
We had a mobile Minecraft Birthday Party at our house for our 7 year old and it was so awesome! The kids were engaged the entire time- with the staff having great management skills while conducting unique, fun activities. All the kids loved it and the parents were impressed too. But the happiest of all (besides my son who was thrilled to get a bit of laptop time with his friends 😄) was me- because the party planning was a breeze and a success. Thank you!
Kristen English-Bundy
Kristen English-Bundy
18:55 01 Apr 19
Both of my daughters go to Idea Lab Kids for the culinary arts class and they absolutely love it! They love their teachers and the center in general. They offer a lot of options for after school care and I’m definitely going to be enrolling my girls for more classes here. We’re thinking about summer camps already! Only con is can be a bit loud in the center but what can you expect with a place full of kids. Overall we love idea lab.
Vernique Hines
Vernique Hines
21:01 06 Sep 18
i have a son that is currently enrolled in their drone lab that happens every tuesday and he is always excited to go. We were with another idea lab but decided to give a new location a try. idea lab is a great place and my son loves it.
Edward Williams
Edward Williams
20:48 06 Sep 18
My children always love coming to camp. I am impressed by the tough concepts that they explore which always leads to fun conversations on the way home and further experimentation over the weekend. They seem to have knowledgeable and friendly staff and the sticking point for me is that the kids come home having actually learned something!
Kwitzats
Kwitzats
20:19 06 Sep 18

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Word from the Directors

Children are always the “Why” and my twin boys are my “Why” who inspired me to bring the IDEA Lab Kids concept to the Charlotte area.

As I thought about the right opportunities to pursue, my wife, Tanisha and I, asked ourselves two questions: What educational experiences would we like our own boys to have? How can my work in Education continue to strengthen the community in which our boys will grow? Like many parents, we want our children to be well-rounded by enjoying diverse experiences academically and socially. We also want our boys to thrive within a strong and healthy community that works together to invest in children and the future. With these goals in mind, I researched and discovered IDEA Lab Kids – an enrichment center that fulfills what we want our boys to experience and provides a service that will strengthen our community.

I have over 19 years of experience in Public Education as a National Board-Certified Teacher, Assistant Principal, and Principal in Washington State, California, Florida and here in North Carolina. I’ve led Elementary Schools, STEAM Academies and I’ve even transformed a K-8 school into a Leadership Center of Excellence! I believe that my extensive career experience in Elementary and Middle School Education will allow me to develop the IDEA Lab Kids concept here in Charlotte, and provide a unique and enriching opportunity, serving the children and families in our community.

My wife and I live in Matthews and we love calling the South Charlotte area home for us, our 2-year old twins, Zealand and Rhodes and our 12-year old Yorkie-Poo, Beethoven “BR” Rutherford. We look forward to serving our local families

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