Fast-Growing Children’s STEAM Education Franchise Challenge Island® Expands to Singapore

Entrepreneurs / 5th January 2018

Challenge Island®, one of the fastest growing children’s educational franchises with 75 locations worldwide, has opened its newest global location in Singapore.

Singapore is among the highest respected countries in the world educationally, ranking number one in math, science and reading performance based on international academic assessments. “We could not ask for better validation of the unique educational value of Challenge Island® than to be introduced into the cutting-edge Singaporean marketplace,” says Sharon Duke Estroff, Founder and CEO of Challenge Island®.

The award-winning Challenge Island® franchise is a cross-curricular enrichment program on the forefront of STEM and STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and 21st Century Learning. In its new Challenge Island Singapore owner, Halim A. Wahab, the company believes it has found a perfect partner to further its Far East expansion efforts, which already includes Challenge Island Philippines. “In addition to being a visionary and firm believer in Challenge Island’s core mission of returning the magic of imagination, innovation and face-to-face collaboration to digital native children, Halim is an accomplished Singaporean architect and interior designer,” says Estroff. “In other words, he is the embodiment of STEAM.”

Wahab scoured numerous educational franchise opportunities before choosing Challenge Island®. “I want my 21-month-old son to have the opportunity to learn to think in the creative and open-ended ways that Challenge Island® fosters,” he says. “The market and timing for bringing Challenge Island® to Singapore is ideal and I am thrilled and honored to be the one to bring it here.”

About Challenge Island®: Challenge Island® is a leading STEM/STEAM educational franchise with over 75 locations worldwide. Challenge Island® Founder Sharon Duke Estroff M.A.T., is an award-winning educator, Random House parenting author, and freelance education journalist for numerous national publications including Parents, Scholastic Parent and Child, Good Housekeeping and many others. Challenge Island® franchise owners lead preschool through middle school aged children into new worlds of adventure and imagination through afterschool classes, in-school field trips, camps, birthday parties, family fun nights and much more. Some franchise locations also offer Challenge Island Senior, which brings the benefits and excitement of Challenge Island into assisted living and senior communities. Learn more at and

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