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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

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The Foundational Pillars of our Program that Make Challenge Island the Go-To Choice for Millions of Parents and Educators

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STEM + ART = STEAM

"To develop a complete mind, study the science of art; study the art of science; realize that everything connects to everything else." - Leonardo DaVinci

21st Century Skills

We foster the fundamental skills kids need to thrive today and tomorrow including creativity, collaboration, communication, flexibility and leadership.

Higher Level Thinking Skills

Our programs promote deep, critical, analytical and creative thinking abilities in kids which help ensure their long-term academic and professional success.

Project Based Learning

Our STEAM Teams® engage in collaborative, inquiry-based, student-driven learning grounded in real world connections and meaningful problem-solving.

Island Destinations

Whimsical island ambience combined with cross-curricular themes make the Challenge Island experience an unforgettable adventure.

Social-Emotional Learning

We foster the social and emotional intelligence children need to form healthy relationships, make positive choices and find fulfillment in life.

Resilience

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.

Steam Teams

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.

Screen Free Fun

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.

"One thing that makes Challenge Island a standout 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 together in STEAM Teams, are encouraged to use imagination, teamwork, and problem-solving skills to come up with creative solutions to challenges using a treasure-chest full of low-tech supplies."

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Hi, I’m Anne!

Owner of Challenge Island Summit-Medina

My name is Anne Vaughan and I am the owner of Challenge Island in the Summit and Medina county regions. My husband and I live in West Akron and are parents to 2 University aged children. I am thrilled to be bringing Challenge Island to North East Ohio! While relatively new to the area, through many in-school field trips, summer camps, and Girl Scout workshops we have already seen how much children love the program and how well it reinforces their school curriculum. As important as it is to develop STEM skills it is equally important to give kids the opportunity to learn and demonstrate the softer skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, and communication. Helping to build this well-rounded student is what I am passionate about.

Hope to see you and your children at a Challenge Island event soon!

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