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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

Challenge Island® is the Official Home of STEAMbuilding® and STEAM Teams®
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The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and Educators

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STEM + ART = STEAM

"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci

21st Century Skills

We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.

Higher Level Thinking Skills

Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which help ensure their long-term academic and professional success.

Project Based Learning

Our STEAM Teams® engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.

Island Destinations

Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.

Social-Emotional Learning

We foster the social and emotional intelligence children need to form healthy relationships, make positive choices and find fulfillment in life.

Resilience

Research shows that a Challenge-Island-palm-tree-like ability to be flexible and strong through life’s ”storms” is far more essential to future success than IQ.

Steam Teams

No child is an island which is why kids tackle our hundreds of proprietary challenges by combining their strengths with those of a STEAM Team of friends.

Screen Free Fun

Our programs provide digital native kids the precious opportunity to connect with their peers face-to-face and discover the wonders of the world, undeterred by devices.

"One thing that makes Challenge Island a standout 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 together in STEAM Teams, are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using a treasure-chest full of low-tech supplies."

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Hi, I'm Jamie!

I have an infinite passion for enriching the lives of New Mexico's children

Jamie Trujillo is the Executive Director of Challenge Island – Albuquerque North. She comes from an adult education background and has been involved in the education field since 2005. She jumped at the opportunity to bring Challenge Island to New Mexico because she has a passion for enriching the lives of New Mexico's children and giving them an early love of STEAM fields. She firmly believes that Challenge Island is a pathway to uplifting New Mexico in a way that it hasn't before.

Jamie has brought Challenge Island to several City-run community centers in Albuquerque as well as adult education programs throughout the state, providing holiday field trips, family literacy, and after-school programs. She is excited to branch out to as many community centers and schools as possible!

Jamie holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology respectively from the University of Phoenix and University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her wife, two children, and two dogs that act like children.

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