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 in Tribes

On Cross-Curricular Problem-Solving Adventures

Technology Powered Exclusively By Children's Imaginations

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


Welcome to Challenge Island of Central New York!

Serving Syracuse, Liverpool, Baldwinsville, Camillus, Clay, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Manlius, Cazenovia, Skaneateles, Auburn and everywhere in between!

And that’s a wrap for SUMMER 2021! 

Thank you to all the organizations and partners in bringing our

STEAM programs to your kids! 

We look forward to an amazing school year and more camps to come!

Ms. Bradbury and Genesee Elementary School * BASCOL and Miller Hawk Elementary School, St Anne’s Church, and Liverpool Elementary School * Booker T Washington Community Center and Casey Elementary School * Childtime of Nixon Park * Cicero Parks & Recreation and Smith Road Elementary, and The Canteen * Dewitt Parks & Recreation and Tecumseh Elementary School * Marcellus Parks & Recreation *  Ms. Mlod and Genesee Elementary School * Northwest Family YMCA and Cicero Elementary School, Roxboro Road Elementary School, and Brewerton Elementary School * St Vincent DePaul Child Care * Village of North Syracuse Parks & Recreation and Lonergan Park and Heritage Park * YMCA of Central New York in Baldwinsville *  YWCA of Syracuse and Township 5, K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, and Onondaga Community College. 

We Are Featuring Amazing STEAM Learning for Onondaga and Cayuga Counties

After school programs
in school field trips
summer camps
girl scout programs and workshops
Preschool STEM activities
birthday party packages


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

After School Programs

After-school hours are an opportunity to further engage students in academic, social, and physical activities. Challenge Island of Central New York offers After School STEAM Enrichment where students are transported to a cross-curricular learning environment worlds away from the regular school experience.

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After school programs in Central New York

In School Field Trips

This year, take your students on an action-packed island adventure without ever leaving school grounds! Preschool, elementary, and middle school children love our Challenge Island field trips so much that they never seem to notice the hearty STEM-based curriculum and national math, science, language arts and social studies standards that are so intricately woven into the Challenge Island experience.

We bring the field trip directly to your classroom! Grade level and School Wide Field Trips can be planned and arranged to ensure optimal quality and experience. Virtual Field Trips can be arranged where material and live instructions are provided.

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Central New York In School Field Trips


Summer camps central New York

Challenge Island®, The World’s #1 STEM/STEAM program, is a high-energy, hands-on fusion of STEAM, 21st Century Skills, Problem-Solving Adventure, Project-Based Learning and our trademark STEAMbuilding® experience. Campers embark on fantastical themed STEAM journeys where they work in collaborative tribes to tackle various exciting challenges using only the materials in their treasure chest and their boundless imaginations.

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scout workshops Central New York

Challenge Island is a Corporate Partner with Girl Scouts of GSNY/Penn Council. Our one of a kind virtual and in-person STEAM challenges and adventures fulfill a wide array of Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette and Senior/Ambassador 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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What Challenge Island CNY Is All About

A Fun Infused Learning Experience Like No Other!

21st Century Learning

21st century learningSkills like communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking abilities, flexibility, sociability, initiative, leadership, and perseverance through difficulty. 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. Learn More >>


STEAM learningAt Challenge Island Central New York, we believe that STEM is incomplete without the additional of an “A” for art. In fact many would say that STEAM is the new STEM. During our workshops, STEM and the arts naturally go hand in hand – from the background music to the art supply boxes in our tribal treasure chests to the amazing aesthetic touches our students add to their functional creations. Learn More >>

Island Experience

Phoenix STEM After SchoolIslands 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 – or destinations, as we like to call them. A class might “take place”, for example, at TIME MACHINE ISLAND’s Pinball Wizard Way, RAINFOREST ISLAND’S Anaconda Squeeze or MYTHOLOGY ISLAND’S Poseidon’s Seas. Learn More >>


Phoenix Arizona Challenge Island STEM ProgramsThe tribe is at the heart of every Challenge Island experience. Far more than just a group of kids, our Challenge Island tribes function like families sharing ideas, hopes and mutual goals. They learn to negotiate, compromise and count on one another. They build bonds, friendships, tolerance and acceptance as they pool their combined strengths and resources to create a far richer product than any one of them could ever achieve individually. Learn More >>        

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