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Story Quest: Tropical Treasure Hunt | Camp Galileo Anywhere Online Camp

Story Quest: Tropical Treasure Hunt

Age: 1st grade (in 2020-21 school year)

Duration: 1 hour 20 min, Mon–Fri

Price: $125

"My son was deeply engaged in the creative process while making his book and was thrilled when it all came together on the last day. He looked forward to the class and was so excited to see his instructor and classmates each day. He was eager to share his final product with us and loved the share-outs during snack time and the games they played together! "
-Abbey, Denver, CO

What You'll Do

Set sail on a weeklong island adventure in an immersive story you help bring to life. Listen to an original tale about a pair of plucky monkeys seeking a magical, island-saving stone. Along the way, create imaginative illustrations of story elements and construct three-dimensional inventions to help your heroes on their hunt.

Start by making your own book to record the week’s journey. BE VISIONARY as you imagine different settings, characters and clues in the story—a sky-high house, a talking tree, a jewel-filled treasure chest—and learn simple drawing skills to illustrate them. Practice paper printing, cutting and folding techniques to build a scepter to mount the magical stone, plus a parachute and submarine to help your heroes fly high and dive deep. BE REFLECTIVE as you build, considering what’s working best in your designs as you endeavor to keep the monkeys safe on their journey. Conclude the week’s hunt with an illuminating discovery, a book of original illustrations and a collection of incredible inventions.

NOTE: This weeklong class is more than just innovation-igniting projects—it’s an immersive experience full of delightful details, including interactive games, silly traditions, snacks (see Additional Prep, below) and dress-up days designed to build community, bolster confidence and deliver loads of camp-away-from-camp fun.

What You'll Need


For the week:

  • Scissors
  • 1 glue stick (not liquid glue)
  • Tape (clear preferred)
  • 1 set of washable markers
  • 15+ sheets standard-size paper (any color; at least 6 plain white)
  • Optional: Additional drawing tools (colored pencils, crayons, etc.)

Additional materials by day:

  • Tuesday: 1 piece of string, yarn or ribbon approximately 12″ long (thicker than thread, more lightweight than a shoelace)
  • Wednesday: 1 paper towel tube (or toilet paper tube)
  • Thursday: See below

Additional materials for Thursday’s printing project:

  • 1 plastic grocery or large Ziploc bag
  • 1 small bowl with a little water in it
  • 3 sheets of paper towel
  • Newspaper or scrap paper (see Additional Prep, below)
  • Computer or tablet with speaker and camera
  • Internet access
  • Zoom application installed
    • Signed in with your child’s name
    • Unmuted (the instructor will manage class muting/unmuting)
Additional Prep

Please have a snack and drink ready for your child approximately one hour into class.

As Thursday’s paper printing project can get a little messy, lay down some newspaper or scrap paper on your child’s work surface that day, and make sure they’re dressed in clothes that can get dirty.

What You'll Take Away arrow

  • Drawing, printing and paper construction techniques
  • The skills to be visionary and imagine things that don’t yet exist
  • The skills to be determined and persevere until you reach your goal
  • A book of original, imaginative illustrations
  • A collection of incredible 3D inventions

Join the Community

The last step in the Galileo Innovator’s Process is SHARE. Great learning can come from sharing successes and failures—to solidify your own experience as an innovator and to inspire others.

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