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!
STEAM + Reading = STREAM! Our book series field trips bring the bestselling Challenge Island stories to life in your classroom!
My name is JoAnn Mannarino and I have lived in Southwest Orlando for over 20 years, currently residing in Windermere, Florida. I have a B.A. in Speech Communications from West Chester University in West Chester Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised. I have two children and have over 20 years of experience as an OCPS ADDITIONS Volunteer. My daughter, Amanda, is now 27 and is currently pursuing a Masters's Degree in Social Work at NYU while my son, Jacob, is 12 years and a student at Southwest Middle School. Both of my children had some academic struggles and I became and still am very involved in their education.
One of the many things that attracted me to Challenge Island is how it encourages children to "learn by doing" and unfortunately that is often not how things are taught in schools today. The majority of learning today is based on delivering information which goes into a child's short-term memory and ultimately doesn't stick. With Challenge Island, children are given a challenge to solve and, using nothing more than their imaginations and simple items in their treasure boxes, come up with a way to solve this challenge. It encourages children to be creative and work together with other children and sometimes they have to make mistakes but at Challenge Island, that is Ok. There is no "perfect or right" solution, however, there are many different ways to solve a challenge and that is exactly how life is and kids are encouraged to be unique and to think outside of the box.
As a Challenge Island Owner, I have experience working in many different settings to include both Public and Private Schools as well as other community organizations such as several local YMCA's, Martial Art Centers and Science Academies. I also have experience running Girl Scout Workshops, which enable these young ladies to obtain Badges and Journey's with their Troop. Nothing brings me more joy than seeing a child's eyes light up because they have successfully solved a challenge or when a child asks me questions that are an extension of the lesson and I have to use google to find the answers. These are the ultimate rewards of being a Challenge Island owner!