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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

Challenge Island® is the Official Home of STEAMbuilding® and STEAM Teams®
The Challenge Island Difference

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Palm Tree Pillars

The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and Educators

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"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.


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."


Award-Winning STEAM Programs

Hi, We're Matt Demecs and Misty Milner!

Owners of Challenge Island Boerne

Matt spent the last two decades working in a children's hospital as a Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer, which means he has a talent for helping wiggly little people stay still and calm while he takes pictures of their hearts. Matt enjoyed his work, but the emotional toll of caring for very sick children began to wear on his spirit.

While searching for a new career, he discovered Challenge Island®. The unique program intrigued him-he'd never seen anything like it! After observing the magic in a live class he was hooked, AND he discovered he loves teaching! He really enjoys the way the program combines his passion for science with exciting, imaginative, hands-on projects that help kids uncover their own talents and strengths during the process. Matt now visits schools, churches, and businesses all over the Texas Hill Country telling everyone he meets about the award-winning S.T.E.A.M. curriculum that teaches young people the 21st Century Skills they need to succeed. Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and Matt wants to prepare them with the communication, collaboration, and critical thinking capabilities necessary to help them confidently reach their full potential in our tech-driven world.

Misty is also a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. She is the glue that holds us all together! Misty handles ALL our Challenge Island financial operations and will be the one you talk to when it's time to pay for that award-winning S.T.E.A.M curriculum we delivered to your event!

Misty is a Native Texan but lived in Colorado for several years before returning to Texas to be near her family. She enjoys living in Fair Oaks Ranch where she can easily get to San Antonio for work but still be close to Boerne and all its charm. She loves to travel, and will be heading for Hawaii this fall to cross another destination off her Bucket List!

Did you know that Challenge Island isn't just for kids? Misty enjoys delivering our STEAMbuilding© Challenges to adult "students" in small business and big corporations who need a relational reboot or an orientation to bring a new team together quickly. Our action-packed projects are FUN and will leave your company team members asking for more! 🤩 We are so grateful that Misty is an energetic multitasker who can manage her medical career AND keep us all fiscally fit while we do what we love most...teach necessary 21st Century Skills to all your amazing kiddos!


STEAM + Reading = STREAM!

Combine the Magic of Challenge Island Programs with the Magic of Reading with our Bestselling Book Series!

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Challenge Island Featured in IFA Oscar Ad During the 2023 Academy Awards!


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Challenge Island is Included on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 for the 6th Year in a Row!


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Challenge Island is Included on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 for the 6th Year in a Row!


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Challenge Island Ranks #188 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Global Franchises List


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