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Collaborative for Children’s Collab Kid University is not just an event; it’s an exploratory STEAM-themed journey.

Full STEAM Ahead in Shaping Young Minds

Collaborative for Children’s Collab Kid University was not just an event; it was an exploratory STEAM-themed journey at Rice University. Full STEAM Ahead, this transformative experience unfolded on April 13, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., embracing the curious minds of children ages 3 to 6. All ages were welcome to attend.

With a particular focus on the pivotal 3-5 developmental years, we recognize that nearly 90% of a child’s brain is developed during this absorbent mind stage.

What happens at Collab Kid U?

Full STEAM Ahead Activations

  • At Collab Kid U, we expose the next generation of Houston’s scientists, high-tech innovators, and problem-solvers to captivating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics stations. With several unique play-based STEAM experiences per STEAM category, young minds embarked on a Full STEAM Ahead learning adventure on one of the nation’s most future-forward campuses. Our youngest citizens employed their natural curiosity to engage in coding, climate solutions, life sciences, renewable energy, and robotics and took center stage in performing and visual arts.

  • Parents and children earned stickers for every challenge they pursued in helping prepare Houston’s future through the lenses of the brightest young minds. After their journey into an exciting future filled with possibilities, our youngest innovators had the opportunity to take a graduation photograph and earned a Collab Kid U diploma—a tangible testament to their Full STEAM Ahead accomplishment.

Diverse Learning Opportunities

  • Vendors, carefully chosen from our collaborative network, hosted unique activations aligning with their STEAM expertise.
  • Future career fun and creative problem-solving activities were led by regional STEAM experts, innovative volunteers, and creative instructors from Collaborative for Children and Laboratory experts of Rice University.

Children in impoverished communities often do not have access to the technology that will be used in K-12 classrooms. The last thing we want to do is send children from early learning child care environments to a K-12 system unprepared to be successful. See what Collaborative for Children is doing in our Centers of Excellence to bridge the digital divide and prevent Houston’s children from being left behind. 

Collaborative for Children’s Mission and Vision


We meaningfully improve the quality of early childhood education and care for Greater Houston’s children through those most influential in their lives.


All children in Greater Houston have the high-quality early learning opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.

By purchasing a ticket and participating in Collab Kid U, you consent to the use of photos and videos taken during the event for promotional purposes.

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