Challenge Island - Oakland County East | Kids Out and About Ann Arbor / Detroit

Challenge Island - Oakland County East

Challenge Island provides STEAM enrichment workshops for children ages 4-14. These workshops combine STEAM fundamentals, 21st Century Skills (teamwork, critical thinking, communicating, and more), and cross-curricular learning (history, geography, literature, etc.) into a hands-on experience where kids work in small groups to build new creations and solve challenges using the equipment in their tribe's treasure chests. Challenge Island is a party every day – so as you can probably imagine, our birthday parties are epic! We offer a variety of packages to fit your needs and budget. Our Challenge Island birthday celebrations promise to be a hit with the whole tribe!

Challenge Island is a project-based, cross-curricular, S.T.E.A.M program aligned with NGSS, CC, ELA, as well as Social/Emotional Learning standards. We are not bricks or bots, nor do we use screen time; we are a face-to-face, fun, collaborative workshop that is different from most.  Using these standards, we provide a creative space for children to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to complete S.T.E.A.M.-based challenges.


Our curriculum is unique because the students work together in playful tribes to complete a project that demonstrates one or more S.T.E.A.M concepts. The hands-on opportunities made available in Challenge Island ignite curiosity and spark learning by letting the students experiment in real-world situations, even for students who do not think of themselves as “math or science kids.” 


  • The Challenge Island Totem Pole (a.k.a. The Engineering Process) is the backbone of every single Challenge Island Class. 
  • While working in their tribes to create and solve pop-culture themed challenges, students apply engineering principles.
  • In additional to S.T.E.A.M. principles, each session also works across the curriculum to teach kids about topics like geography, history, architecture, literature, nature, and more.
  • All challenges emphasize valuable skills such as collaboration, communication, critical & creative thinking, flexibility, leadership, initiative, social skills & grit. 
  • Both the left & right sides of the brain are utilized, and creative thinking is encouraged and celebrated.


Our whimsical, creativity-based curriculum inspires both girls and boys to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Girls especially love our creative programs, and the Girl Scouts are also partnering with Challenge Island for badge workshops.

We offer programs from 1-3 hours in length, available as in-school field trips and after-school enrichment classes as well as holiday, school break, and summer camps; these are targeted primarily towards ages 4-14.  Our “Challenge Island Junior” programs (Preschool and K) are child-driven and they adapt accordingly to the natural development of age-specific needs.  We also have a fun-filled parent night program where families team up as a tribal team, challenging the other teams to a S.T.E.A.M based evening as each tribe member thinks critically and takes pride in their part in this teambuilding project.  Other opportunities include “S.T.E.A.M-building” sessions for corporate groups, birthday parties, homeschooling sessions, interactive activities for senior centers, and more.

Please feel free to contact us for more information, or to line up an opportunity to bring Challenge Island to your location!

Classes are available as summer camps, in-school field trips, afterschool programs and more, and are even available virtually! See the "Register Now" tab on our website for currently available courses, or email us for more info!

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STEAM workshops for social bubbles or pods - we come to you!

We provide in-person workshops which combine STEAM fundamentals, cross-curricular learning (history, geography, literature) and teamwork skills in a fun, engaging session for ages 4-14!  We come to you, and we bring all the materials.  We have hundreds of hours of curriculum to choose from, ranging from wizardry to travel to disasters and much, much more; we'll work with you to select topics that your students will enjoy, or that will fit in with topics they're already studying at school.


We are available for social bubbles, pods or other small groups of students (6 or more) that you select yourselves; we are located in the Waterford/Clarkston area, and can come to your location in the eastern Oakland County area.  For more details, fill out the request page on our website, or email us directly at  We look forward to working with you to provide a fun, educational and safe activity for your children and their friends!

STEM - General
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Challenge Island virtual STEAM hands-on workshops

Challenge Island's virtual workshops teach kids about STEAM fundamentals, cross-curricular topics (geography, history, literature) and teamwork and perseverance through fun hands-on activities!  Each workshop is approximately 60 minutes long, and kids will use their creativity to solve STEAM "challenges" that we present to them, using everyday materials.    

We have several workshops available for students ages 4-14, covering a variety of themes ranging from amusement parks to historical disasters to "superstars" of science/music/sports and much more!  To see the full selection and register, click on our link, or check out our Facebook page here to see examples of some of our recent workshops.

Science - STEM - General
Early Elementary School
Late Elementary School
Middle School