Contact: Tamara Menteer Gonzalez, MA Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular enrichment program that promotes creative and critical thinking skills in children. Loosely based on a well-known reality TV show, Challenge Island has kids dividing into cooperative tribes and taking on a vast array of exciting challenges set on action-packed thematic "islands". Our innovative programming reinforces STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and core language arts skills (but let's keep that last part under our hats, because as far as kids are concerned Challenge Island is just plain fun!). Benefits: Challenge Island benefits include higher level thinking skills, immagination, creativity, cooperative learning, problem solving, and most important FUN! About: Challenge Island Founder and Creator, Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T. is an award-winning educator with over two decades of teaching experience in Atlanta public and private schools. Programs: Challenge Island offers fun, hands-on programs where kids ages 4-13+ will learn creative problem solving and creative thinking tasks from dreaming up roller coasters to inventing new ice-cream flavors to building bridges over "shark Infested" waters. Each of our hundreds of Challenge Island challenges appeal to children's natural curiosity and sparks there inherent imagination. Challenge Island provides an enriching atmosphere where kids can develop their curiosity and creativity, while having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere. Whether you're looking for an after-school program or a preschool class, a summer camp, a birthday party or an in-school field trip, we're sure to have a program your child will love! Video: Website: What they say about Challenge Island: "When you have an exciting curriculum the kids really respond. The passion and interest the kids put into each Challenge Island task let's you know it has challenged their intellect and provided a channel for their ideas. It's a pleasure to teach this amazing program!" Sarah Coffey, Challenge Island Teacher Enrichment Programs: Some might call it problem solving, but here on Challenge Island, we think of it as an awesome opportunity to flex and strengthen our cognitive and creative muscles to deliver a high quality of educational play. Each hour-long class is a fun, enriching experience for your child. Kids have a new challenge each week, and every one of our challenges have infinite solutions! Every child and group will interpret and tackle a challenge differently, and that's exactly the way it should be! What they have to say about Challenge Island: "My 7-year old and 9-year old girls have SO much fun in your program and can hardly stop talking about their adventures on Challenge Island. We can't wait to see what next semester's challenges will be!" Nancy Harris, Challenge Island Parent Birthday Parties: Why just throw a party when you can throw an island party?! Choose from a whole slew of celebratory challenges (like our Ice Cream Stream Extravaganza and our Angry Birds Challenge at Catapult Cay) to create you own unique tribal birthday celebration! We supply all the Island party gear and giveaways (and even the cake if you'd like) and your guests supply the creativity. Your birthday boy or girl and all of their friends will have a wild time trying to Out-think, Out-play, and Out-PARTY on Challenge Island! Field Trips: Now you can take your students on an action-packed Island adventure without ever leaving school grounds! Preschool, elementary, and middle school children go so gaga over our Challenge Island field trips that they never seem to notice the hearty STEM-based curriculum and national math, science, and language arts standards that are so intricately woven into the CI experience. Simply pick a Challenge Island field trip destination (like Rocket Heights or Roller Coaster Ridge) that meets your school's current curricular needs, and we'll take your students on a one-of-a-kind educational journey fueled by their problem-solving savvy, critical-thinking prowess, and boundless imagination. Camps: Amusement Park Island Camp - Kids get to dream up and create their own working amusement park at this awesome Challenge Island camp. Roller coasters, ziplines, and real flying rockets are just a few of the rad rides they'll design using basic household and recycled materials. Your camper's creativity is the limit on CI's Amusement Park Island. Water Park Island Camp - Slip and slide on over to Challenge Island's wettest and wildest summer camp. Kids get to dream up and create their own water slides, water blasters, icy cold snow-cone flavors and so much more at this one of a kind summer fun experience. Out-think, Out-smart, Out-COOL on CI's Water Park Island. And many more! A Challenge Island camp is a fresh and fun way for kids to spend their school break! With specially-designed challenges and games galore, the kids are always having fun. The Challenge Island approach to learning is imaginative, multi-sensory and fun, creating a dynamic learning experience for your campers. Camps are specially designed for kids ages 5-12 and are staffed by trained, screened Challenge Island teachers.