Challenge Island - Where Engineering Meets Imagination

LEAP Challenge Island

LEAP Challenge Island

For Grades K-5

LEAP is pleased to again offer an exciting afterschool program at several TCAPS elementary schools. This program is called Challenge Island and will be run by Renee Allen, owner and director at Challenge Island Northwest Michigan.

About the Program

Challenge Island is a cross-educational STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) enrichment program for kids! Children are taken on a unique "island" adventure where they work in collaborative tribes to take on high-level thinking challenges using only the materials in their treasure chest and their creativity.  

Kids experience all five aspects of STEAM in every session – language arts, engineering design process, technology invention, science and math to successfully complete the challenge. No digital technology is involved, but instead technology of innovation and invention. They have a ton of fun while also increasing their soft skills in communication, collaboration, critical and creative thinking, flexibility, sociability, initiative, leadership, and perseverance through difficulty. At Challenge Island, staff is dedicated to ensuring a brighter future for our kids and our communities by helping you prepare your child to succeed in the 21st century and beyond! 

Program offerings are divided into three age groups  – Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.

Spring Program – Time Machine Island

April & May 2019 – 6 Weeks

Set your clocks to go back in time on Challenge Island's® action-packed Time Machine Island©! You and your tribe will test your STEAM savvy as you wiz back to ancient Egypt, the California Gold Rush, a 1970s pinball arcade and many other exciting eras. This incredible island is sure to be one for the history books! 

After school enrichment once a week for six weeks ending the week before Memorial Day.  

Register by school location and grade. 

Spring 2019 Locations/Dates/Times

Long Lake Elementary School

Mondays: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

  • Long Lake After School Time Machine Island Grades K-1
  • Long Lake After School Time Machine Island Grades 2-3
  • Long Lake After School Time Machine Island Grades 4-5

Eastern Elementary School

Tuesdays: April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

  • Eastern After School Time Machine Island Grades K-1
  • Eastern After School Time Machine Island Grades 2-3
  • Eastern After School Time Machine Island Grades 4-5

Traverse Bay United Methodist Church (1200 Ramsdell St., in Slabtown)

Wednesdays: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22
4:00 PM - 5:20 PM

  • Traverse Bay UMC After School Time Machine Island Grades K-1
  • Traverse Bay UMC After School Time Machine Island Grades 2-3
  • Traverse Bay UMC After School Time Machine Island Grades 4-5

Cherry Knoll Elementary School

Thursdays: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
3:40 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Cherry Knoll After School Time Machine Island Grades K-1
  • Cherry Knoll After School Time Machine Island Grades 2-3
  • Cherry Knoll After School Time Machine Island Grades 4-5

Participation Fee

  • $115 for the six-week island; which includes six 1¼-hour sessions, all five aspects of STEAM every session, all materials, and takeaways.
  • Registrations will be accepted up through the Sunday (11:59 PM) immediately prior to the start of the eight-week island.
  • Reduced fees are not available for this program.
  • In the event school is closed, no LEAP activities will be held per TCAPS policy. There is no guarantee of a make-up date in the case of inclement weather. Missed sessions will be made up if schedules allow (including Challenge Island schedules/school room schedules/TCAPS LEAP schedules). However, Challenge Island will make all efforts to make up lessons where possible.  

Registration 

Registration is through the Challenge Island Northwest Michigan’s secured website. All information is secured and only for Challenge Island use in the safety and security of the participants.

Parents log in to a secured site and hold on to ID and password for registration in future programs as well (Afterschool, Summer Day Camps, Challenge Island Junior (preschool), Kids Night Out!, and Family Adventure Challenges!). 

External LinkRegister for Challenge Island here. Then, in the top right corner, click on ‘Register Now’ to be connected to the event list to choose from.