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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 helps 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 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're Leslie Thibodaux and Robin Bergeron!

The Dynamic Duo Behind Challenge Island Houma-Thibodaux

Challenge Island’s unique approach to learning was the way we always envisioned ourselves teaching in our classrooms. We were always looking for ways to get our students excited about what they were learning through a variety of activities and literature. We wanted to make a difference and bring back that excitement for learning and problem solving that was almost nonexistent in the traditional classroom setting.

When we found Challenge Island, we were immediately inspired to bring this to all children. Experiencing the excitement that these STEAM-based challenges brought to children, was a teacher’s dream. Introducing engineering concepts to children at a young age in a fun, whimsical way was very appealing to us. It was also an opportunity to introduce girls to engineering concepts at an early age. Hopefully, seeds are being planted to grow lots of girl engineers as well as boys.

Running Challenge Island was a way to inspire hundreds of children, not just the students in our own classrooms. Our classroom has now become a community of children we touch daily through this remarkable program.

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