The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and EducatorsView All
"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci
We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.
Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which helps ensure their long-term academic and professional success.
Our STEAM Teams engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.
Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.
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 be flexible and strong through life’s ”storms” is far more essential to future success than IQ.
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.
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.
Our standard-aligned, cross-curricular K-12 field trips take students on a STEAMtastic island adventure without ever leaving school grounds.
When school is out, STEAM is in! Our outrageously exciting camps feel like vacations in their own right!
Our STEAM teams visit different island destinations each week and tackle challenges using only materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations.
Our wide array of badge and journey workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes come with a Challenge Island Fun Patch for every girl!
Don’t just have a party, have an ISLAND party! Choose from our epic STEAM themes or design one of your very own.
Our multi-generational family engagement events turn families into STEAM Teams as they work together to take on family-size challenges and fun.
Our signature team-building experiences inspire collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in all kinds of teams – from kid to corporate!
Anything we can do in person we can do virtually! In fact, we were voted a TOP 3 virtual program in the USA by Business Insider.
Stephanie Kramer Murphy is the Director/Owner of Challenge Island - Cincinnati. After more than a decade of building a career in Sales and Marketing, Stephanie knew a change-in-focus was required to better accommodate the needs of her growing family. While searching for enrichment for her own children, Stephanie came across the Challenge Island’s Global program and recognized its uniqueness and strength as a program emphasizing both STEM/STEAM enrichment and “softer” 21st-century skills (collaboration, communication, and peer-based problem solving). At the time, Challenge Island programming wasn’t available locally. Stephanie saw an opportunity to bring the business to Cincinnati and VOLIA! - Challenge Island Cincinnati was born.
During a time when our children are inundated with screen-based learning, Challenge Island provides an unparalleled opportunity for them to disconnect from traditional technology and to experience interpersonal connectivity and collaborative problem-solving at a basal level all while gaining exposure to STEM concepts. Challenge Island is fun. It’s engaging. It reinforces the “art and expectation” of both kindness and respect which when welded in conjunction with competency, truly set apart the most talented among us.
Challenge Island is special because it teaches our children how to think both strategically and creatively while encouraging the type of top-notch citizenship that, as parents and educators, we’ve come to deeply admire in our own peers and colleagues.