Where Engineering Meets Imagination

STEM + ART = STEAM Education

Kids Work Collaboratively in Tribes on Creative Problem Solving Adventures

21st Century Learning Prepares Kids to Thrive Today and Tomorrow

Cross-Curricular Islands Take Kids on Enriching Educational Journeys

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PROGRAMS

Fun, hands-on programs where children learn creative problem solving and critical thinking skills   Learn More

21st CENTURY  LEARNING

Preparing kids for the 21st century with focus on creativity and critical thinking   Learn More

STEM + ART = STEAM

We offer more than STEM Education by including art and creative skills.   Learn More

ISLAND EXPERIENCE

Learn all about how we incorporate the Challenge Island experience   Learn More

PARENTS

Enrich your children's education and ready them for the 21st Century learning   Learn More

TEACHERS & SCHOOLS

Enhance your students curriculum and outsource STEM Education   Learn More

AFTERSCHOOL CLASSES

Our Exhilarating Challenge-Based Afterschool Adventures Transport Kids to Action-Packed “Island “Destinations”, Worlds Away from their Regular School Experience   Learn More

CAMPS

When School is Out STEAM is in! Our Whimsical Camps are Based on Pop-Culture Themes Kids Love and are Mini-Vacations in Their Own Right Learn More

IN-SCHOOL FIELD TRIPS

Our high interest on-site field trips for preschool through high school students uniquely intertwine ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies concepts into a One-of-a-Kind STEAM experience Learn More

GIRL SCOUTS

We are Corporate Partners with Girl Scout Councils From Coast to Coast. Learn More About Our Badge Workshops for Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors. Boy Scout Programming Also Available. Learn More

What is Challenge Island?


 
Challenge Island® is a Franchise 500 Ranked International educational enrichment program with 80 locations in the USA and Worldwide. Founded by award-winning educator, author, and parenting/education journalist Sharon Duke Estroff, Challenge Island® is grounded in cutting edge educational thought and at the forefront of S.T.E.A.M. Education and 21st Century Learning.

Wrapped in whimsical trimmings (headbands, facepaint, and the beat of the tribal drum), the Challenge Island program features an unmistakable spirit and flair. A sense of anticipation fills the air as tribes of kids enter new worlds of adventure and imagination through Challenge Island afterschool classes, in-school field trips, camps, birthday parties, family fun nights and much more.

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  • “When you have an exciting curriculum the kids really respond. The passion and interest the kids put into each Challenge Island task let's you know it has challenged their intellect and provided a channel for their ideas. It’s a pleasure to teach this amazing program!”

    - Sarah C.
    Challenge Island Teacher

  • “My boys have done the Challenge Island after school classes for 3 years without missing a session. They can’t get enough of it and I think it's fantastic!”

    - Victoria S.
    Challenge Island Parent, East Side Elementary

  • “I enjoy teaching the Challenge Island classes because the lessons are so fun, creative and interactive. I get a great feeling of joy when I see how happy students are when they accomplish a task for the day. The music and freedom to move around the room to work together add to the excitement of the class. I feel privileged to be a part of this incredible program!”

    - Shayna Peiken
    Challenge Island Teacher

  • “Challenge Island has a magic formula. My 10-year-old son has attended many other camps and has never been as excited about any of them as he was about his Challenge Island camp. I don’t know how they do it but I do know their formula works, like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

    - Marcus S.
    Challenge Island Wizardry Camp, Parent

  • “It's hard to imagine a more exciting, complete program. Every single lesson I see children's imaginations awakened and their confidence reinforced. Challenge Island allows the children all the freedom they crave to collaborate and create. It's about design, construction and making something work and the huge satisfaction that comes from being completely involved in the creation of something original. The kids absolutely love it!”

    - Lorna B.
    Challenge Island teacher (30 years classroom experience)

  • “My daughter participated in Challenge Island this past semester and I have to say that it has taken learning and fun to a new level. Over Tuesday night dinners, the Challenge Island activities are the topic of conversation from my 6 year old. Her interest in the combination of science, math and history is especially encouraging to see as we know from the data that we have to do more to encourage girls' interest in these subject matters. I am a very strong believer in the power and importance of Challenge Island.”

    - Heidi G.
    Challenge Island Parent, Sope Creek Elementary

  • "The Challenge Island program does a fantastic job of preparing children for today's complex problem-based learning style. It is the perfect complement to our school's STEM-based curriculum. As a scientist, I see the need for this kind of cooperative, challenge-based type of training every day. CI makes it fun for kids and parents know that their children are learning valuable life skills along the way."

    - Jennifer R.
    Professional Scientist, Shallowford Falls Elementary Foundation STEM Chairman, Challenge Island Parent

  • "My boys have done the Challenge Island after school classes for 3 years without missing a session. They can’t get enough of it and I think it's fantastic!"

    - Victoria S.
    Challenge Island Parent, East Side Elementary

  • "My 9-year old and 11-year old girls have SO much fun in your program and can hardly stop talking about their adventures on Challenge Island. We can't wait to see what next semester's challenges will be!"

    - Nancy H.
    Challenge Island Parent, Timber Ridge Elementary

  • "When you have an exciting curriculum the kids really respond. The passion and interest the kids put into each Challenge Island task let's you know it has challenged their intellect and provided a channel for their ideas. It’s a pleasure to teach this amazing program!"

    - Sarah C.
    Challenge Island Teacher