Set Sail for Islands Full of Real Life and Virtual STEAM Adventure
from Entrepreneur Magazine's #1 STEM/STEAM Enrichment Program
Inquiry-Based Learning Promotes Curiosity and Higher-Level Thinking
Turning Children into Lifelong Learners
STEM + ART = STEAM
An Interdisciplinary Approach That Turns Kids Into Innovators, Leaders and Big Thinkers
Project Based Learning and 21st Century Skills
Gear Children to Thrive Today and Tomorrow
Aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
Our After School Classes, In-School Field Trips and Camps are Built Around Cutting Edge Curriculum
Kids Work Collaboratively in Tribes
On Cross-Curricular Problem-Solving Adventures
Technology Powered Exclusively By Children's Imaginations
Providing Digital Native Kids with a Much Needed Break from Screens and Electronics
Welcome to Challenge Island of Rockland and Northeast Bergen!
Check Out Our Amazing STEAM Programs for Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2021.
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Challenge Island Is A Fun-Infused Learning Experience Like No Other!
21st CENTURY LEARNING
Challenge Island students practice skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, flexibility, sociability, initiative, leadership and perseverance. At Challenge Island, we are dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century and beyond. Learn More >>
STEM + Art = STEAM
At Challenge Island, we believe that STEM is incomplete without including the Arts. In fact many would say that STEAM is the new STEM. During our workshops, STEM and the Arts naturally go hand in hand – from the background music to the art supply boxes in our tribal treasure chests to the amazing aesthetic touches our students add to their functional creations. Learn More >>
Islands are the mainstay of Challenge Island with creative problem solving at each turn. Each session of Challenge Island takes place on a unique thematic island and consists of 8 or more action-packed afterschool classes – or destinations, as we like to call them. A class might “take place”, for example, at TIME MACHINE ISLAND’s Pinball Wizard Way, RAINFOREST ISLAND’S Anaconda Squeeze or MYTHOLOGY ISLAND’S Poseidon’s Seas. Learn More >>
The tribe is at the heart of every Challenge Island experience. Far more than just a group of kids, our Challenge Island tribes function like families – sharing ideas, hopes and mutual goals. They learn to negotiate, compromise and count on one another. They build bonds, friendships, tolerance and acceptance as they pool their combined strengths and resources to create a far richer product than any one of them could ever achieve individually. Learn More >>
“There are a number of STEM and STEAM enrichment franchises, but one thing that makes Challenge Island stand out from the competition 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 in tribes, are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using only a treasure chest full of low-tech art supplies.” ~ Entrepreneur Magazine, March 2020