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 my classroom. Our classroom has now become a community of children we touch daily through this remarkable program.