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.
Hello I am Kelly Wix, a veteran educator of 30 years who spent the last 20 years as a principal, certified in the state of Florida, for various start-up programs, with a focus on alternative education. My passion for project-based learning in education has led to my strong beliefs that STEM/STEAM can best prepare our children for the 21st Century world. My husband, Don, is a retired helicopter pilot, having proudly served in the US Army for twenty-three years. Having been assigned to numerous positions in special operation units as well as government management and acquisition. Don retired from the Army in 2010 and went on to work with such companies as Lockheed Martin and Vertex Aerospace. Currently, he continues to consult in the defense industry through his company, Innovative Defense Solutions, LLC.
Over the years, my husband has witnessed, and participated in my passion for education, whether it's building shelves for the classrooms, feeding school animals, or speaking engagements with students on his career in the Army, he too can appreciate the need for alternative forms of education for the students of the 21st Century. So, in August 2021, when he found the Challenge Island franchise, he knew it would be a perfect fit for me, and for us as a couple.