The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and EducatorsView All
"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci
We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.
Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which help ensure their long-term academic and professional success.
Our STEAM Teams® engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.
Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.
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 to be flexible and strong through life’s ”storms” is far more essential to future success than IQ.
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.
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.
Our standard-aligned, cross-curricular K-12 field trips take students on a STEAMtastic island adventure without ever leaving school grounds.
When school is out, STEAM is in! Our outrageously exciting camps feel like vacations in their own right!
Our STEAM teams visit different island destinations each week and tackle challenges using only materials in their treasure chests and their boundless imaginations.
Our wide array of badge and journey workshops for Daisies, Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes come with a Challenge Island Fun Patch for every girl!
Don’t just have a party, have an ISLAND party! Choose from our epic STEAM themes or design one of your very own.
Our multi-generational family engagement events turn families into STEAM Teams as they work together to take on family-size challenges and fun.
Our signature team-building experiences inspire collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in all kinds of teams – from kid to corporate!
Anything we can do in person we can do virtually! In fact, we were voted a TOP 3 virtual program in the USA by Business Insider.
Mike & Michelle are the owners of the Challenge Island – Oakland County East program, serving southeastern Michigan and also students from around the world virtually. They have taught in schools, community education programs, and homeschool cooperatives locally in Birmingham, Brandon, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Rochester/Rochester Hills, Waterford, and West Bloomfield as well as working with students in over 9 different states plus Switzerland and South Korea!
Mike is an engineer by training, with degrees in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and business from Iowa State and MIT. Mike worked for 30 years as an engineer and manager for General Motors before retiring in 2018, and his focus has now shifted to teaching through Challenge Island and also as a special lecturer at Oakland University. Michelle studied industrial design at Arizona State University, and has worked in design positions with Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell, Fosella & Associates and General Motors, as well as in a variety of positions with local businesses and non-profits to provide graphic design and business support. Both Mike and Michelle are active in their community, and have helped local students grow their potential through volunteering with Cub & Boy Scouts, FIRST Robotics, Math Pentathlon, Science Olympiad and other organizations. They have been married for 27 years, and have three children who followed in their STEAM footsteps as engineers in Michigan and California.