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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

Challenge Island® is the Official Home of STEAMbuilding® and STEAM Teams™
The Challenge Island Difference

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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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"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.


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."


Award-Winning STEAM Programs

Hi, We are Monica and Jordan!

Owners of Challenge Island Mid-Cities

We are both former Elementary teachers, lifelong learners, and now the owners of Challenge Island- Mid Cities Texas! Jordan is originally from Wisconsin, but has called Texas home with her husband and German Shepherd for the past 7 years. She enjoys all things outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Monica is originally from Wyoming. She has been living in Texas since 1991. She has been married to her husband Tom for 34 years. They share 4 children and 1 granddaughter. She enjoys many hobbies that include knitting, crochet, reading, and is an online gamer. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

In a world of standardized testing, lectures, and technology, we saw the great need for students to have the opportunity to problem-solve in a hands-on cooperative setting. We have now been able to bring this opportunity to students all over the Mid Cities! From girl scout troops to complete grade-levels to summer camps, students have been able to immerse themselves into the exciting Challenge Island world full of teamwork, problem-solving, learning, and fun!


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