Science Smart Kids Inc. (Camp Captivate) grew organically from a backyard playgroup in 2008 at the home of Ildiko Stennis, who at the time was an at-home mom of 3 little ones (ages 4, 2 and 6 months). Ildiko wanted to create a “dream program” for her own kids. When her eldest son started kindergarten, she volunteered for one year bringing weekly hands-on science labs to the kindergarten class. Ildiko is credentialed in Physical Science and Math, and she taught junior high and high school for her career before starting the company. She fell in love with teaching science to younger kids. Eventually, the company expanded, first offering after school science programs at school sites and then shifting the focus to S.T.E.A.M. day camps. Ildiko’s teaching philosophy is that kids learn best when they are engaged in hands-on investigations and are encouraged to be creative thinkers. The company, which started in 2009, became incorporated (Science Smart Kids, Inc.) in 2018, and it has been steadily growing and expanding products to now include: summer S.T.E.A.M. day camps, after school enrichment classes, tutoring, corporate “take your kid to work day” events, birthday parties, and non profit events. Science Smart Kids Inc. stands out as a leader in S.T.E.A.M. education in the Bay Area.
- We inspire students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M) by fostering creativity and curiosity.
- Our passionate and qualified educators facilitate positive learning environments rich in hands-on activities and interpersonal relationships.
- Our innovative S.T.E.A.M. programming includes: summer day camps, enrichment classes, tutoring, corporate “Take your kid to work day” events, library workshops and birthday parties.
2022 Bay Area Summer Camps – Virtual and In-Person
During these unsettled times, when parents are already juggling work and homeschooling, it’s tough to know what will happen this summer. Is summer camp even possible? Some camps have pivoted and are putting their summer programs online.
Peterson Middle School Hosts Pilot Contest for Marketing District’s STEAM Expo
Camp Captivate’s Founder and Director Ildiko Stennis, Science Teacher at Peterson Middle School, discusses Santa Clara Unified School District’s STEAM Expo, and the innovative student competition to create a commercial to be used throughout the district to market the event.
Peterson Middle School’s Bryan Osborne Nature Area
Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Camp Captivate’s Founder and Director Ildiko Stennis, Science Teacher at Peterson Middle School, explains the history of the Nature Area.
Pac-12 and CFP Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers award over $36,000 to 12 teachers across San Jose area
Leading up to the Pac-12’s sixth-consecutive football championship game at Levi’s® Stadium on December 6, 2019, the Conference and mascots from all 12 universities surprised 12 deserving teachers throughout the San Jose area with awards — including Camp Captivate’s Founder and Director Ildiko Stennis!
Summer and Camp – The two go hand in hand at area camps
Bay Area Parent Summer Survival Guide 2012
San Jose mom’s Science Smart Kids offers enrichment programs for young children
San Jose Mercury News, May 18, 2011