Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching children a program of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Children absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring children receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, children enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.
Through educational programs in English, Spanish, and other languages, the instructors at Language and Art Centers introduce kids, teens, and grownups to a world of new activities and topics. Daycares, camps, and prekindergarten immerse little ones in intensive curricula, while tutoring sessions and adult language classes impart subject-specific wisdom. Arts programs also teach students of all ages creative ways to express themselves through paint, music, dance, or alphabet-block structures.
The Woodlands Home Tutoring’s certified tutors arrive at clients’ houses, iPads in hand, to help students tackle various academic subjects. They can dispense tips and knowledge for improving performance on standardized tests, including the SAT and STAAR, and in school subjects such as language arts, math, and science. Many tutors have ESL experience or have worked with children with special needs such as ADHD or dyslexia.
With programs in 46 countries and an experienced staff, Kumon helps children become master mathematicians and page-obliterating readers. During the one-month academic program, students receive an individualized lesson plan, custom-built according to their abilities, learning pace, and fluency in dolphin. As the month progresses, the program is further honed to fit kids' burgeoning brainpower, and many Kumon students eventually reach levels three years or more above their own grade through long-term study. A smattering of study materials marinates the minds of mini-Einsteins as they train their brains on conquering college-level reading, mastering Calculus 2, or working out equations to prove the Earth is actually shaped like a thumbs-up.
For 25 years, Texas School of Bartenders has minted professional-grade mix masters in its hands-on classes held in classrooms that simulate real bars. The school's training labs brims with 42 bar stations loaded with up-to-date equipment, including touchscreen registers and serving trays made of hover boards. Full 40-hour courses run throughout the day to accommodate people with designs on pursuing bartending as a career. Covering drink recipes, customer service, and mixing techniques, introductory crash courses throw students into bartending in the same way Spartans taught their children to swim—by throwing them into a shark tank.
Bella Nova Day Spa & Retreat's owner, Julie Puccio, purveys a host of clinical and traditional beautifying treatments within the spa's private treatment rooms and Vichy shower, including facials, firming body wraps, and complete salon services for men, women, and children. Gauzy curtains drape over massage beds where clients can receive one of Bella Nova's nine massage modalities to help regulate energy flow and disprove the myth that tiny balloon animals dwell just beneath the skin's surface.