More Than Smores

By May 21, 2017 Uncategorized

A great article about summer camps and Challenge Island!

“Kids’ fascination with emoji may mystify their parents, but STEM education company Challenge Islandembraces the ubiquitous cutesy faces. Challenge Island builds an entire weeklong summer camp around emoji, asking kids to solve engineering and science-based challenges. Additional sessions focus on other kid obsessions, like American Girl dolls and superheroes. Allyson Steele, director of extended programs/summer camps at St. Michael’s, where some Challenge Island camps take place, remembers walking into a session last summer and watching kids construct an igloo from PVC pipe, fabric and other materials: “I’ve never seen a group of kids so mesmerized by what they were doing,” she says.”

Author Sharon Estroff

Our Tribal Leader and CEO, Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T., is among our greatest assets. Her vision of what learning is meant to be and her gifted ability to plan the perfect lesson that is simultaneously incredibly exciting and chockful of educational benefits is on every single piece of programming in our vast resource library (which includes hundreds of hours of material that can be used across our profit centers and is constantly growing in size). An award-winning educator with over two decades of teaching experience in Atlanta public and private schools, Sharon started Challenge Island in her second grade classroom and began running it as an enrichment business using the current model in 2003. Despite the fast growth of her company, she continues to personally create and tests every challenge with real live teachers and kids before releasing it to the franchisees.

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