The da vinci lab for the creative arts and sciences

The Da Vinci Lab for Creative Arts and Sciences is an after school makerspace for students currently enrolled in grades 5 through 9, providing the opportunity for students to learn how to operate design software and equipment, including a 3-D printer and laser cutter. Everyday students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and use it to imagine, design and create amazing products and works of art.

Who: Students in grades 5th -9th

When: Monday through Friday five days a week options, 3 days a week options and 2 days a week options.

Time: 3:30 PM -6 PM.

Lesson: group and individualized instruction

Geared for the wildly creative! St. Stephens Church and School have partnered to bring you a unique and progressive after school program. Through this joint venture program, students will learn problem solving, abstract thinking and creative expression. Students will be engaged with computer and programming, 3 d printing, wood working, sewing and laser cutting techniques. This program is specifically designed for those students interested in pursuing their own interest and ideas in STEAM as well as collaborating with others. Students will have the opportunity to experience intelligent failure as they work through their own creative process gently guided by a staff member. Each semester the students will have the opportunity to get to know a scholar (local artisan) and how they contribute to our community through STEAM. Lastly, as a mission between the joint venture of church and school, students will be able to explore the inherent spiritual element of creativity and collaboration. Thus…STEAMS!

Registration: A registration fee of $50.00 is due annually each year in August for the lab.  This one time registration covers the whole year.  . Each student will receive a ST. Stephen’s Church and School Da Vinci lab t-shirt as part of registration.


Enrichment tuition: Billing for the Da Vinci Lab will be paid monthly on the 1st of each month.  After the 5th of the month the account will incur a $30.00 late fee.  If needed, arrangements can be made through the billing department at SSESH. Credit Card authorization forms are available for your convenience.


- $325 per semester for 1 day a week (monthly option unavailable)

· $135 per month for 2 days a week ($540/semester)

· $195 per month for 3 days per week ($780/semester)

· $325 per month for 5 days a week ($1,300/semester)

- $65 Drop-in rate (per day) 

Guidelines: If the student is enrolled in other SSESH after school activities, they will be picked up, signed out and returned after their tutoring or fine art activity. All students must be picked up on time. After 6 PM the fee is $1.00 per minute. The Da Vinci Lab for Creative Arts and Sciences follows the HISD school calendar.  For a complete calendar of half days and holidays please visit our website at the Da Vinci lab for the most accurate calendar

Registration for the program is now open and a deposit will hold your space. Payment options for the balance of the tuition should be arranged through St. Stephen’s business office—(713) 821-9123.

If you have further questions please email program director Ryan Hawthorne.

visiting scholars 2016-2017

Next year the Da Vinci lab will host visiting scholars for 9 week sessions to provide insights into the scholars' specialties and work on joint projects.  

Adrienne Wong, Graphic Designer and Painter (read more)

Yvette Grutter, Paper-making, Painter (read more)

Charles Criner, Print-maker (read more)