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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

Challenge Island® is the Official Home of STEAMbuilding® and STEAM Teams®
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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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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, We are Maryam & Masoud

Owners of Challenge Island Davis - W Sacramento
Maryam is a visionary educator and accomplished chemist whose journey has been guided by a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. Rooted in the invaluable lessons instilled by a devoted father, Maryam developed a deep appreciation for education from an early age. This passion for knowledge led Maryam to pursue an academic path, culminating in a triumphant achievement of a PhD in Environmental Chemistry from the esteemed University of California, Davis. Maryam further honed her teaching skills during her graduate studies, serving as an instructor and later as a lecturer on campus. After achieving recognition as a Laboratory Director in a prestigious pharmaceutical testing laboratory, Maryam found herself at a pivotal crossroads. The allure of teaching, combined with a burning desire for greater flexibility to spend quality time with her family, she embarked on a journey to establish her own business with the support of her husband, Masoud. Entering Challenge Island was a perfect match. Maryam and Masoud cover Challenge Island for Vacaville, Dixon, Woodland, Davis, and West Sacramento area.
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