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Where Engineering Meets Imagination©

Challenge Island® is the Official Home of STEAMbuilding® and STEAM Teams™
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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 helps 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 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, We're Nan and Tony!

Owners of Challenge Island Westchester

Hello & welcome … we’re Nan & Tony Elmore and are thrilled to bring the best of Challenge Island to Westchester County, NY (and some of the surrounding areas)! For those of us who live, work and raise our children here, we know the priorities our communities place on education. And we can’t think of a better hands-on learning experience than Challenge Island. We see it quickly engage children, ignite their love of learning, give them an expanded knowledge base, teach collaborative problem solving, make them think... and have a blast while doing so! What a great way to learn!

For the past 12 years, we have run enrichment programming in schools for young children throughout the Metro NY area including sports & active fitness (HappyFeet Soccer, Hooray For Hoops Basketball, etc.), dramatic movement (Shining Stars) and more. And nothing could make us more proud than to add the ‘one-of-a-kind’ S.T.E.A.M. success that is Challenge Island!

We look forward to sharing the many benefits of Challenge Island to children, families and their schools and hope we’ll have a chance to meet very soon. Thank you!

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