Challenge Island: New STEAM Classes in Ann Arbor

This weekend I had a booth at The Super Run and was setup next to Lori Stevens who owns the Bricks 4 Kidz® franchise in most of Ann Arbor, Dexter, and Chelsea and now owns the first Challenge Island® franchise in Michigan. Both Bricks 4 Kidz® and Challenge Island® offer after-school classes at select schools including the Ann Arbor Public School. Challenge Island also offers weekend and weeknight class options.

My daughter is very excited about Challenge Island®! She is a huge Survivor fan, so was very intrigued by the Challenge Island® graphics which resemble the Survivor logo. During each session, the kids will partner up in small tribes to solve the week’s challenge. This summer, I held two days of camp at my house for my daughter and her friends. They loved partnering up in groups for an egg drop challenge. It was interesting to see what methods they came up and how they worked together to incorporate everyone’s suggestions. Based on that, I am sure she will love the Challenge Island programs.

The press release below, has more information on the Challenge Island Program.


Ann Arbor, MI– 9-8-2014–Challenge Island®, the highly-popular children’s education and enrichment program, that promotes creative and crucial thinking skills in children, will be offering after school enrichment programs, in-school field trips, week-long summer camps and special events.

“I’m thrilled to have brought the first Challenge Island business to the state of Michigan and feel its a perfect compliment to my other business” said Lori Stevens, owner of Challenge Island® & Bricks 4 Kidz®. “With exciting islands such as Shark Tooth Island, Volcano Island, Amusement Park Island and more, the new Challenge Island® program doesn’t just entertain children but give parents a new way to empower them to think outside of the box and flex their cognitive and creative muscles.”


In this cutting edge educational thought program, participants divide into tribes and take on exciting daily thematic challenges. The small tribes of children, made up of students with different ability levels take on the challenges as a unified group. Through what is called “Cooperative Learning,” children ages six and up, can collaborate with their peers to accomplish a shared goal. In a Cooperative Learning environment, the focus moves from teacher-centered to student-centered education. Each member of the tribe is responsible not only for what he or she should do, but also for helping other tribe members succeed, thus creating an atmosphere of team spirit, respect, mutual goals and pride in collaborative achievements.

The Ann Arbor Challenge Island® programs officially began serving the community 7/1/2014 with curriculums available at various Summer camps in the area and in partnership with community recreation & education departments in Ann Arbor, Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester and Saline. Those interested in finding out more about Challenge Island® programs and opportunities may contact Lori Stevens by calling, (734) 719-0303 or emailing [email protected]. For additional information on Challenge Island, log on to

You can learn more about how Challenge Island supports the STEAM initiatives in school with the Challenge Island & STEM PDF.

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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