Set Sail for Islands Full of Real Life and Virtual STEAM Adventure

from Entrepreneur Magazine's #1 STEM/STEAM Enrichment Program

Inquiry-Based Learning Promotes Curiosity and Higher-Level Thinking

Turning Children into Lifelong Learners


An Interdisciplinary Approach That Turns Kids Into Innovators, Leaders and Big Thinkers

Project Based Learning and 21st Century Skills

Gear Children to Thrive Today and Tomorrow

Aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards

Our After School Classes, In-School Field Trips and Camps are Built Around Cutting Edge Curriculum

Kids Work Collaboratively On Cross-Curricular STEAMbuilding® Adventures

From an Archipelago of Thematic Island "Destinations"

Technology Powered Exclusively By Children's Imaginations

Providing Digital Native Kids with a Much Needed Break from Screens and Electronics



From the world’s #1 STEAM program and education enrichment program, Challenge Island® presents an exciting new adventure for smart, curious kids.

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From the Newsroom

  • Ranked The World’s #1 STEAM Program by Entrepreneur Magazine!
  • 2021 Parents Picks Award Winner
  • 2021 Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500 – #151
  • 2021 Entrepreneur Fastest Growing Franchise – #134
  • 2021 Entrepreneur Top Franchises Under $50k – #13
  • 2021 Entrepreneur Top Global Franchise – #145
  • 2021 Entrepreneur Top Home-Based Franchise – #30
  • Ranked on Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 2020,2019 & 2018
  • Ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fastest Growing Lists 2020, 2019
  • Ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Low-Cost Franchises 2020, 2019, 2018
  • 2018 Parents Picks Awards Winner
  • Top 3 Virtual Program in the USA by Business Insider
  • Top Virtual Program by Parade Magazine
  • Featured in Scores of National, Regional and Local News Stories!

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Learn About Our ESSER II Funding Aligned Programs to Help Students Relearn and Recover


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What Challenge Island Is All About



“To Develop a complete mind; Study the science of art; Study the art of science; Learn how to see.  Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

-Leonardo Davinci

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Island Experience

Islands are the mainstay of Challenge Island with creative problem solving at each turn. Each session of Challenge Island takes place on a unique thematic island and consists of 8 or more action-packed afterschool classes.

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21st Century Skills

At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century and beyond.
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Island Destinations

From the tribal face paint to the bandanas to the beat of the drum, the spirit of Challenge Island is absolutely unmistakable.

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Higher Level Thinking

Children who study a STEM curriculum also develop a variety of skills that are essential for success: critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, communication, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, to name a few.

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Kid-Powered Technology

“Challenge Island stands out from the competition. Using no screens or digital devices, students are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using only a treasure chest full of low-tech art supplies.” Entrepreneur Magazine, March 2020

Social Emotional Learning

When kids take part in Challenge Island they:

  • Feel included and appreciated by peers and teachers
  • Are respected for thier different abilities, cultures, gender, interests and dreams
  • Are actively involved in their learning
  • Recognize and embrace their own giflts as well as the gifts of others

Screen Free Excitement

By reclaiming the original definition of technology – a new solution to a problem – we give 21st Century kids the opportunity to innovate, invent, and interact without screens and digital devices. In doing so, we provide them with the timeliness and fundamental experiences of childhood that have been largely lost to their generation.

The Challenge Island Experience

In The Classroom

Virtual & Remote Learning Programs

Social Bubble & Learning Pods


Challenge Island is a Corporate Partner with Girl Scout Councils from Coast to Coast. Our one of a kind virtual and in-person STEAM challenges and adventures fulfill a wide array of  Daisy, Brownie, Junior and Cadette Journey and Badge requirements. Girls also receive a unique Challenge Island Fun Patch each time they do a Journey or Badge workshop with Challenge Island!

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Virtual LearningIf We Can Do It In Person, We Can Do It Virtually Through Home Island!  

Now, kids can experience the magic of Challenge Island®, the world’s #1 STEAM program, from the safety and comfort of home. All virtual classes are taught live by certified Challenge Island® teachers.

After School Virtual Programs

Every Challenge Island® Field Trip and Afterschool Enrichment Class is a HIGH ENERGY, HANDS-ON, Cross-Curricular STEAM Adventure featuring Project-Based Learning and 21st Century Skills. Our Award-Winning Curriculum is aligned with multiple Common Core, State, and Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Social Emotional Learning Standards. Safety is our highest priority during all on-site programs.  Send your students on an unforgettable STEAM Adventure without ever leaving school grounds!

Our Challenge Island Owners Explain Why the
Challenge Island Experience is So Vital to Children

“There are a number of STEM and STEAM enrichment franchises, but one thing that makes Challenge Island stand out from the competition is what it lacks. You’ll find no screens or digital devices in a Challenge Island after-school class, camp or family night. Instead, kids, working in tribes, are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using only a treasure chest full of low-tech art supplies.” 

-Entrepreneur Magazine

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  • Entrepreneur Magazine Franchise 500: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • #1 STEM/STEAM Franchise in the World by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Fastest Growing Franchise 2021, 2020, 2019
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Franchises Under 50K 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Parents Picks Award 2021, 2018
  • Franchise of the Year Silver Award – Franchise Brokers Association
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On-Site and Virtual Corporate STEAMbuilding®

Psst!  Did you know that Challenge Island® isn’t just for kids? We offer a wide range of adult corporate STEAMbuilding® workshops in both on-site and virtual formats.  Applicable to every industry, our STEAMbuilding process is a cutting-edge approach to problem solving and a one-of-a-kind gateway to more engaged, collaborative and productive employees and teams.